Homeopathic Remedies in Common Use
Ipecac;. Cephaelis ipecacuanha, Psychotria ipecacunanha, the ipecac plant
The plant is a native of South America, particularly Brazil, Bolivia and New Grenanda. The plant contains the alkaloids emetine and cephaeline, and different varieties contain differing proportions of these alkaloids. The root is the part used in homeopathy, and the preparations may be in a number of different forms.
It is used to treat conditions where the main symptoms are nausea and vomiting, which are intractable and persistent, e.g. motion sickness and moring sickness. It is also used as a remedy for bronchitis, breathlessness because of the presence of fluid in the lung, whooping cough and heart failure. The symptoms are made worse by cold weather and lying down, and after a meal of port or veal. They improve in the fresh open air and while resting with the eyes shut.