The Homeopathic Remedy Nux vomica is the world famous “hangover” treatment. When undergoing its homeopathic drug trials, a quantity of the signs it produced & so can treat, were signs similar to those of a hangover. In fact, it is useful for restoring balance when a person has over-indulged with food also.
It is the main treatment to have on standby in the festive season to treat signs such as: headache or migraine following excessive consumption of alcohol; sensitivity to light, odours, or noise; nausea & vomiting; retching or ineffectual urging with vomiting or diarrhoea & undigested food sitting like a “rock” in the stomach.
Those needing a dose of Nux vomica after over-eating will often say, “If only I could vomit I would feel better!”
Nux Vomica is commonly used for:
Nausea and Vomiting:
Nux vomica can be a good remedy for treatment of acute nausea and vomiting. It helps alleviate symptoms brought on by over-eating, drinking alcohol or food poisoning. Nux vomica may help if you experience bloating, flatulence, heartburn, diarrhea or constipation.
Nux vomica may also help women suffering from menstrual pains. It may lessen lower-back pain, and improve your condition if you’re feeling chilly, impatient, very irritable or angry. Patients who respond to nux vomica may feel better while they’re resting or lying down and feel worse with pressure, even the pressure of clothing.
Nux vomica may also help infants who cry and cry because of colic. Chamomilla is one of the most common treatments for these infants, but nux vomica is another homeopathic remedies for colic.
Nux Vomica’s Personality Profile:
Those who benefit the most from Nux Vomica tend to be very ambitious and very driven individuals. They are very successful within their professional life, and may be a bit uptight in nature. They are often witty and personable in their outward appearance, but they may hide their emotions deep within. They tend to be the type of person who harbors anger and other emotions inside, often working to try to suppress them. They don’t like to be outwardly emotional and therefore don’t react strongly to many experiences within life. They may turn to vices as they don’t often have an outlet to release their emotions. They may be fun to be around, but they are quick to anger if they are pushed too far.
Nux Vomica’s Materia Medica:
Mind: Very irritable: sensitive to all impressions. Ugly, malicious. Cannot bear noises, odors, light, etc. Does not want to be touched. Time passes too slowly. Even the least ailment affects her greatly. Disposed to reproach others. Sullen, fault-finding.
Head: Headache in occiput or over eyes, with vertigo; brain feels turning in a circle. Oversensitiveness. Vertigo, with momentary loss of consciousness. Intoxicated feeling; worse, morning, mental exertion, tobacco, alcohol, coffee, open air. Pressing pain on vertex, as if a nail driven in. Vertigo in morning and after dinner. Scalp sensitive. Frontal headache, with desire to press the head against something. Congestive headache, associated with hæmorrhoids. Headache in the sunshine (Glon; Nat carb). Feels distended and sore within, after a debauch.
Eyes: Photophobia; much worse in morning. Smarting dry sensation in inner canthi. Infra-orbital neuralgia, with watering of eyes. Optic nerve atrophy, from habitual use of intoxicants. Paresis of ocular muscles; worse, tobacco and stimulants. Orbital twitching radiating towards the occiput, Optic neuritis.
Ears: Itching in ear through Eustachian tube. Auditory canal dry and sensitive. Otalgia; worse in bed. Hyperæsthesia of auditory nerves; loud sounds are painful, and anger him.
Nose: Stuffed up, at night especially. Stuffy colds, snuffles, after exposure to dry, cold atmosphere; worse, in warm room. Odors tend to produce fainting. Coryza: fluent in daytime; stuffed up at night and outdoors; or alternates between nostrils. Bleeding in morning (Bry). Acrid discharge, but with stuffed up feeling.
Mouth: Jaws, contracted. Small aphthous ulcers, with bloody saliva. First half of tongue clean; posterior covered with deep fur; white, yellow, cracked edges. Teeth ache; worse, cold things. Gums swollen, white, and bleeding.
Throat: Rough, scraped feeling. Tickling after waking in morning. Sensation of roughness, tightness, and tension. Pharynx constricted. Uvula swollen. Stitches into ear.
Stomach: Sour taste, and nausea in the morning, after eating. Weight and pain in stomach; worse, eating, some time after. Flatulence and pyrosis. Sour, bitter eructations. Nausea and vomiting, with much retching. Ravenous hunger, especially about a day before an attack of dyspepsia. Region of stomach very sensitive to pressure (Bry; Ars). Epigastrium bloated, with pressure s of a stone, several hours after eating. Desire for stimulants. Loves fats and tolerates them well (Puls opposite). Dyspepsia from drinking strong coffee. Difficult belching of gas. Wants to vomit, but cannot.
Abdomen: Bruised soreness of abdominal walls (Apis; Sulph). Flatulent distension, with spasmodic colic. Colic from uncovering. Liver engorged, with stitches and soreness. Colic, with upward pressure, causing short breath, and desire for stool. Weakness of abdominal ring region. Strangulated hernia (Op). Forcing in lower abdomen towards genitals. Umbilical hernia of infants.
Stool: Constipation, with frequent ineffectual urging, incomplete and unsatisfactory; feeling as if part remained unexpelled. Constriction of rectum. Irregular, peristaltic action; hence frequent ineffectual desire, or passing but small quantities at each attempt. Absence of all desire for defecation is a contra-indication. Alternate constipation and diarrhœa-after abuse of purgatives. Urging to stool felt throughout abdomen. Itching, blind hæmorrhoids, with ineffectual urging to stool; very painful; after drastic drugs. Diarrhœa after a debauch; worse, morning. Frequent small evacuations. Scanty stool, with much urging. Dysentery; stools relieve pains for a time. Constant uneasiness in rectum. Diarrhœa, with jaundice (Dig).
Urine: Irritable bladder; from spasmodic sphincter. Frequent calls; little and often. Hæmaturia (Ipec; Tereb). Ineffectual urging, spasmodic and strangury. Renal colic extending to genitals, with dribbling urine. While urinating, itching in urethra and pain in neck of bladder.
Male: Easily excited desire. Emissions from high living. Bad effects of sexual excesses. Constrictive pain in testicles. Orchitis (Hama; Puls). Spermatorrhœa, with dreams, backache, burning in spine, weakness and irritability.
Female: Menses too early, lasts too long; always irregular, blood black (Cycl; Lach; Puls) with faint spells. Prolapsus uteri. Dysmenorrhœa, with pain in sacrum, and constant urging to stool. Inefficient labor-pains; extend to rectum, with desire for stool and frequent urination (Lil). Desire too strong. Metrorrhagia, with sensation as if bowels wanted to move.
Respiratory: Catarrhal hoarseness, with scraping in throat. Spasmodic constriction. Asthma, with fullness in stomach, morning or after eating. Cough, with sensation as if something were torn loose in chest. Shallow respiration. Oppressed breathing. Tight, dry hacking cough; at times with bloody expectoration. Cough brings on bursting headache and bruised pain in epigastric region.
Back: Backache in lumbar region. Burning in spine; worse, 3 to 4 am. Cervico-brachial neuralgia; worse, touch. Must situp in order to turn in bed. Bruised pain below scapulæ. Sitting is painful.
Extremities: Arms and hands go to sleep. Paresis of arms, with shocks. Legs numb; feel paralyzed; cramps in calves and soles. Partial paralysis, from overexertion or getting soaked (Rhus). Cracking in knee-joints during motion. Drags his feet when walking. Sensation of sudden loss of power of arms and legs in the morning.
Sleep: Cannot sleep after 3 am until towards morning; awakes feeling wretchedly. Drowsy after meals, and in early evening. Dreams full of bustle and hurry. Better after a short sleep, unless aroused.
Skin: Body burning hot, especially face; yet cannot move or uncover without feeling chilly. Urticaria, with gastric derangement. Acne; skin red and blotchy.
Fever: Cold stage predominates. Paroxysms anticipate in morning. Excessive rigor, with blueness of finger-nails. Aching in limbs and back, and gastric symptoms. Chilly; must be covered in every stage of fever. Perspiration sour; only one side of body. Chilliness on being uncovered, yet he does not allow being covered. Dry heat of the body.
Modalities: Worse, morning, mental exertion, after eating, touch, spices, stimulants, narcotics, dry weather, cold. Better, from a nap, if allowed to finish it; in evening, while at rest, in damp, wet weather (Caust), strong pressure.