Ignatia’s sore throat: Hahnemann’s prescribing notes

By Vera Resnick

The following are some of Hahnemann’s prescribing notes on Ignatia’s sore throat, to be found within the proving.  All I’ve added are some font changes (and perhaps a comma or two):

Symptom 157:
Stitches in the throat, when not swallowing; when swallowing feeling as if swallowing over a bone, during which it jerks (aft. 3 h.).

Hahnemann’s note:” If there is an alternating action of Ignatia where it produces a sore throat with shooting when swallowing (though I have never observed such a symptom), it must be of very rare occurrence, and hence of very little use from a curative point of view.

“Consequently I have never been able to cure a sore throat with Ignatia, even when the other symptoms resembled those of this drug, in which there was shooting only when swallowing.

“But, on the other hand, when stitches in the throat were only felt when not swallowing, Ignatia cured, and that the more certainly, more quickly and more permanently when the other morbid symptoms could be covered by similar Ignatia symptoms.”

And a word on the famous Ignatia lump in the throat, which does feel worse on swallowing:

Symptom no. 164.
Sore throat, like a lump or knob in the throat, which pains as if excoriated when swallowing. (aft. 16 h.).

Hahnemann’s note: ” The Ignatia sore throat, in which there is felt, when not swallowing, internal swelling of the throat, like a lump, is generally attended by only sore pain in this lump when swallowing.

“The sore throat must be of this description which Ignatia (when the other symptoms correspond) will remove, and under such circumstances it will be rapidly and certainly cured by Ignatia.)”

So on the one hand we have:  a sore throat with shooting pain.  If the shooting pain is only felt when not swallowing, if the other symptoms fit, Ignatia will cure.  Note – Hahnemann doesn’t rule out Ignatia curing if there is shooting pain with and without swallowing, but he does say that he has not cured where there is shooting pain only with swallowing.

And on the other hand – we have the Ignatia lump in the throat – according to Hahnemann’s note, felt when not swallowing, but only painful when swallowing.

Enough to make one want to swallow the strong stuff and know no pain  – but that’s Ignatia for you!

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