Basic Homeopathic Therapeutics – Shock / Grief / Bad News


Acutes arising from shock or exposure.  Especially useful for the shock of sudden violent or frightening events like car crashes, earthquakes or events where there was a high risk of person dying. (Often give in high potency in these situations).  Fear of death, think death is imminent.   May predict death.  Violent palpitations, anxious terrified expression, flushing and shortness of breath.  Anxiety after these traumas.  Restless, wake in panic one or two hours after going to sleep.  Desires company.


(See also first aid treatment of injuries)

Especially if there has been an accident or physical trauma but is also useful for emotional traumas.  The patient insists they are alright even though it is obvious they are not. They have a fear/ aversion to being touched and can become hopeless and indifferent. They may startle easily. They feel achey and tired; indifferent and then quite anguished.


Especially if there has been a sudden grief or loss. The patient may be in a state of disbelief “ I can’t believe it’s happened!” There is heavy, frequent sighing or sobbing. The patient may feel as though there is a lump in the throat (globus hystericus).  This may be better for eating (an example of the contradictory nature of Ignatia symptoms).  Patient can be highly emotional, oversensitive and nervous; or silent and brooding, with the desire to be alone.  A strange symptom is that they may want to go outside and scream. They may faint from the shock.


Not so well remembered for the ill effects of shock or grief, but can be invaluable. The patient becomes very dull and withdrawn, will hardly respond and is very apathetic. They want to be quiet and alone, though they may want to be held.  They may brood over their loss. There may be the droopiness and tremulousness associated with Gelsemium. Generally, are thirst less and feel better for stimulants.


Particularly in a situation of loss where the person feels abandoned and left. They are much better for consolation, company and attention.  Can be weepy – crying generally makes them feel better (opp. Nat mur.).  Worse in warm stuffy rooms. Will seem timid, indecisive and helpless but can also become very touchy whiny and irritable. Fear being alone. Tend not to be thirsty or hungry.