Strychnine Poisoning! The Story of Nux vomica and Ignatia

0.75 hour

Strychnine Poisoning! The Story of Nux vomica and Ignatia


Toxicology is the very foundation of homeopathy. Samuel Hahnemann read toxicology reports on various minerals and plants to provide insight on their homeopathic counterparts. Constantine Herring is known to have poisoned himself with the venom of Lachesis, having asked his wife to chart the provings of the remedy. Some of the greatest homeopaths to date have used toxicology to glean the most important aspects of homeopathy.

Understanding the toxic profile of each crude substance can not only substantially deepen your knowledge of their corresponding homeopathic counterparts, but it can also narrow your search for the best-fitting remedy. In this particular course, we will be discussing strychnine, a substance found in both Nux vomica and Ignatia. Perhaps most importantly, we will identify how strychnine influences the symptom pictures of these two polychrests.

In this online course, you will become intimately familiar with the toxicological findings and homeopathic portraits of Nux vomica and Ignatia.  You will learn to look out for the telling characteristics, such as muscular spasms, risus sardonicus, and exhaustion, helping you to narrow down your potential homeopathic prescription from thousands of remedies to just two.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the importance of toxicology in understanding homeopathy.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of strychnine poisoning.
  • Compare the toxicological profile of strychnine poisoning and tetanus.
  • Compare the picture of strychnine poisoning to the homeopathic portraits of Nux vomica and Ignatia.
  • Identify the characteristics of strychnine-containing remedies.
  • Compare the homeopathic profiles Nux vomica and Ignatia.

Please Note: this speaker does not have any conflicts of interest in teaching this presentation. 

Course Content

  • Strychnine Poisoning! 45min


Dr. Lesya Lasota is a licensed naturopathic physician, with special interests in mental health and classical homeopathy. When Dr. Lasota completed her studies in psychology at the University of South Carolina, she had wondered if there was something more that she could do than to provide counseling for people. It seemed odd to her that the mind and the spirit of a person could be studied solely without, also, understanding and appreciating the body. To her, it seemed that the body had as much influence over the state of the mind as the mind had over the state of the body. The idea that the two were interconnected led her to continue her education at the National College of Natural Medicine, where she could satisfy her curiosity and further her admiration of what it means to be a human being. Now, she is delighted to offer her services at Portland Natural Medicine in Southeast Portland.

Dr. Lasota enjoys reading, watching films, and admiring beautiful and thought-provoking art. She has used her love and understanding of literature, art, and film to deepen her knowledge of homeopathy and compassion and empathy for people.

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