Sepia officinalis – a saga of sadness and indifference

Sepia officinalis is otherwise known as cuttlefish ink. A Sepia individual is one that is prone to sadness, pessimism, isolation and indifference with a deep disinterest in their family, work and everything in their environment. This person is anaesthetised and insensitive to emotionally painful situations.

The Sepia individual cries alone when she is sad, so that nobody can see her. Her purpose in life is to suffer. She plays the part of a martyr, seemingly overwhelming herself with her own responsibilities. She demands affection but is reticent to return it.

Sepia is the medicine that is used in post-natal depression and the menopause. In homeopathy, it is the medicine of the menopause.

The person affected by Sepia has a tendency to “sag” in many areas – internal organs, the skin…

Cuttlefish ink is very rich in amino acids, trace elements, enzymes and minerals.

As a result of that, Sepia officinalis has many therapeutic properties. It is used for treating circulation issues, the liver, joints, the urogenital system, the skin, the mucous membranes, the nervous system and the support system (ligaments, connective tissue…)

How do we recognise Sepia officinalis?

It is a drug that is aimed at women rather than men, despite the fact that hepatic and vesicular complaints, pelvic heaviness and depression also affect men.

Physically, the woman in question is dark, slender, has blotchy skin, a pale complexion and under-eye bags.

When she is balanced, she is an active, responsible woman who dedicates herself to her work and family.

She suffers from circulation problems that worsen with heat or immobilisation. She improves with anything that stimulates the circulation – she enjoys dancing and walking fast outdoors.

When she sits down, she crosses her legs, which helps to alleviate the pelvic heaviness that she feels, especially before the start of her periods.  These are irritating and sexual intercourse can be painful.

When she is unbalanced, she tends to become depressed. This usually occurs after her period. Those in her environment are aware of this, and that this short depressive phase can be accompanied by a liver or migraine crisis.

In her depressive phase, she is sad, cries easily, seeks solitude and feels indifferent towards her family and close environment. This deep disinterest and need for solitude can appear after pregnancy and in the menopause. She tends to close in on herself and is tired and apathetic in general.

The depressive stage sometimes alternates with a hyperactive, irritable stage, which can lead to her becoming extremely angry or even violent when confronted with anything, from noise, contradictions or other small distresses, especially if these happen during menstruation.

She does not wish to be comforted or contradicted. She is adamant that her mission in life is to suffer and that she gives far more than she receives.

What are Sepia officinalis’ likes and dislikes?

She loves to dance, go for walks and put her feet up, as these things stimulate her circulation. She craves acidic, spicy foods, gherkins and vinegar.

She abhors the look and smell of acidic foods and cooking smells. She has a milk sensitivity – it gives her diarrhoea.

When do we use Sepia officinalis?

There are four circumstances in which Sepia officinalis is prescribed. They are circumstances that can provoke reactions similar to Sepia officinalis.

Constant distresses, sadness, depressions and serious emotional shocks can spark off depressive reactions. These are usually situations that take place within the family environment such as serious illnesses, grief, issues with parents, children or partners.

  • Post-partum – Sepia is prescribed for feelings of emptiness. Maternity can increase the possibility of developing visceral ptosis
  • Menopause – A phase in women’s life when circulatory disorders are common
  • For undesirable effects following hormonal treatments in gynaecology

What does a person affected by Sepia officinalis feel?

  • They feel a vacuum in the epigastric hollow, caused by a gastric ptosis.
  • Pelvic heaviness coupled with a pain that radiates through the lumbo sacral region.
  • They experience a feeling of having a heavy “ball” in the rectum.
  • Hot flushes that frequently affect the area between the pelvis and the face, making her feel faint and sweaty.

The main clinical indications

  • Digestive system: constipation or insufficient stools, haemorrhoids that improve with movement and migraines that appear on the left hand side and digestive symptoms.
  • Gynaecology: frequent urinary infections, vaginal yeast infections. A bearing-down feeling that compels the person to cross their legs, dysmenorrhea, the menopause, nausea in early pregnancy and a propensity to abort spontaneously.
  • The skin: fungi, cold sores or genital herpes and psoriasis.
  • Behavioural disorders: depressive emotional states in reaction to specific situations or post-partum, when the person becomes introverted and unconcerned with their environment.
  • Sepia officinalis is usually prescribed in granule and globule form, in various dilutions depending on the similarity between the medicine and the patient’s symptoms.  The greater the similarity, the greater the dilution.

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