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Nux Vomica: The Hangover Remedy

Dr. S. Varma

Nux vomica is best suited for chronic gastric troubles that are generally caused due to overindulgence in food or drinks. Gastric symptoms are associated with all the complaints of Nux vomica. Nux vomica is most suited to over medicated urbanites particularly sedentary people who work with their brains and are prey to mental or emotional strain rather than physical exhaustion.


Nux vomica, best known as the hangover remedy rarely fails to relieve the hangover of people who have indulged in drinks or rich spicy food. Nux vomica is most suited to over medicated urbanites particularly sedentary people who work with their brains and are prey to mental or emotional strain rather than physical exhaustion.

Nux vomica is best suited for chronic gastric troubles that are generally caused due to overindulgence in food or drinks. Gastric symptoms are associated with all the complaints of Nux vomica.

There is a craving for fats, alcohol and spicy food. There is constant retching and vomiting. The patient has a hypochondriacal mood. There is a constant scraped sensation in the throat.

Liver Ailments
It is a great liver remedy also. Induration and swelling of liver caused by high living, debauchery and drunkenness. The region of the liver is so sore that the patient constantly loosens his clothing to release the oppression.

Gastric Ailments
Nux vomica is a great remedy for dyspepsia and increased flatulence with great accumulation of wind which presses on the heart, causing palpitation, uneasiness and difficulty in breathing, pressing downwards in the intestines and bladder it causes frequent desire for stool and urine. Frequent colic with periodical belching, tearing in the abdomen.

Patients have a weak digestion and are intolerant to many foods. There is much retching, gagging and straining before they can finally vomit. Constipation is a keynote feature of Nux with much urge and straining but only scanty, unsatisfactory stools. Pain in the abdomen is worse for motion and better for heat. Nux vomica patient is worse after eating and suffers from dyspepsia, heartburn, nausea, fullness, constipation, bloating and gas. There is a feeling of pressure one or two hours after eating.

Guiding Symptoms

  • Complaints from overindulgence in food, drinks, spicy food, stimulants or mental overwork
  • Digestive upsets
  • Constipation-frequent urging to pass stool but only a little is passed at a time
  • Oversensitivity
  • Worse for cold
  • Problems from exposure to cold, dry winds
Nux vomica Personality
Nux vomica suits irritable subjects whoa re fussy, intolerant and are unable to take criticism. It particularly suits people who work with their brains and are prey to mental or emotional strain rather than physical exhaustion.

Constipation
Alternate constipation and diarrhoea. Constipation due to anti-peristaltic action of bowels. There is frequent ineffectual desire for stool. In diarrhoea there is a frequent desire to pass stool that is offensive and watery. The patient passes a little stool at a time with temporary satisfaction.

Headache
Nux vomica relieves headaches after too much drinking. Headache is worse for mental exertion, anger, open air, on waking, after eating, coffee, sun, light, noise, stooping, movement, stormy weather. It is accompanied by constipation.

Remedy Source
Nux vomica is made from Strychnos nux vomica, the poison nut plant. It was first proved by Hahnemann.

Respiratory Symptoms
Respiratory symptoms of Nux vomica also come on due to a disordered stomach and exposure to least draft of cold air. Cold from slightest exposure with stuffed up nose outdoors and fluent indoors. Nux vomica cures asthma from every disordered stomach. The patient may eat something that disagrees and suffer from an asthmatic attack. It is associated with cough and rattling in the chest.

The Hangover Remedy
Nux vomica rarely fails to releive the hangover afetr excessive drinking. It relieves the headache, nausea vomiting and digestive upsets after overindulgence in drinks.

Backache
Backache in the lumbar region with burning in the spine, worse 3 to 4 a.m. is also relieved by Nux vomica. Backache is usually accompanied by constipation.

Sleep
Another sphere where Nux vomica works well is the sleep. The patient cannot sleep till after 3 a.m. till towards the morning and wakes up feeling wretched. The patient is drowsy after meals and in early evening.

Modalities
The complaints of Nux vomica are worse in the morning on waking, mental exertion, after eating, touvh, noise, anger, spices, narcotics, dry weather and cold air. The patient feels better in the evening, while at rest, on lying down and damp wet weather.

Nux vomica is a polychrest remedy, affecting nearly all the symptoms of the body but nearly all the complaints in Nux vomica are attended with gastric symptoms.

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