Ignatia, is a very well known homoeopathic remedy and once which is worth having in any first aid kit.

The remedy is made from the seeds of the St Ignatius bean plant which was first introduced into Europe from the Far East by Spanish Jesuits in the 17th century.

People needing IGNATIA are usually in an emotionally unstable state caused by grief or anxiety. The nervous system can be affected with spasms or tremors and the patient may find him or herself sighing and constantly swallowing. It is common to have the sensation of a lump in the throat that cannot be relieved by swallowing, but this sensation can be relieved by eating something. This comfort eating can lead to large weight gain in a very short time. It is a useful remedy for the initial states of grief when the patient feels a great sense of loss and disappointment.

Grief is a deep emotion and is not just associated with the death of a loved-one for instance, many people feel incontrollable grief about the ending of a relationship or the loss of some cherished ambition. In many cases, there is an element of jealousy involved when somebody else has got something that you know will never be yours. There is a real sense of loss. There is likely to be a lot of emotional instability – crying one minute and laughing the next, anger followed by anxiety. Patients will often try to suppress these emotions and this is likely to lead to physical conditions such as digestive disorders or insomnia.

It is likely that one patient will have all the symptoms of IGNATIA. Grief can be difficult to recognise, but the physical and emotional symptoms will lead you to IGNATIA.

Yours in good health, Anthony Wilson

Hypnotherapy Wiltshire


Phonophobia or the fear of public speaking.

Most professional therapists operate under the umbrella of a reputable national organisation and are, therefore, bound by a set of Rules and Guidelines to protect their clients from malpractice or wrongdoing.

The main body for Hypnotherapy is the Hypnotherapy Association and they are a strictly disciplined and ethical group.

One of the rules is that therapists must ensure that wherever possible a permanent cure or improvement in any presented condition is aimed for. However, practically this may not always be achieved.

Take Chris, as I shall call him. Many years ago, he told me that he had been offered the position as Manager of a well-known Swansea Centre but had to turn it down as he was afraid of speaking to more than two or three people at a time. So his fear – Phonophobia, or speaking aloud to large groups, meant he could not advance his career further. So we worked together to build his confidence and, eventually, he felt brave enough to accept the position and off he went really enthusiastic. A month later he gleefully told me that he was lecturing groups in excess of one hundred.

Something like one year went by when I received a call from him in an agitated manner as his nerves had got the better of him. Puzzled, I agreed to see him and he recounted how successful he had been until he was suddenly informed that he had to conduct the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh around the centre that he was in charge of. (You may recall the royal party visited Swansea some years ago.)

Chris said that the enormity of the ordeal was just too much and he was panicking and nervous continually at the thought of this meeting. So immediately I called on his subconscious mind to recollect the first of his moments in speaking aloud in public and to then bring his success forward to the meeting with Her Majesty and the Duke. After a few sessions, he regained his composure and actually looked forward to the meeting.

Following the successful visit, Chris reported back to me saying that the royal couple put him at his ease and they were just as easy to talk to like his fellow managers and other personalities.

As Chris said, “Now I can cope with any public speaking you throw at me!”