Nux vomica

Nux vomica is a homeopathic remedy that is also known by the full name 'Stychnos nux vomica'.

The homeopathic remedy nux vomica has many uses, especially in cases of conditions affecting the digestive system. General indications that this remedy may help include sensitivity to cold and draughts, symptoms mainly on the right-side of the body, the person has workaholic personality characteristics - sometimes being demanding and irritable, the health problem tends to get worse after overeating or drinking.

Examples of conditions for which nux vomica has been found to help include

  • nausea or vomiting due to inability to digest food, such as a rich 'heavy' meal
  • desire to vomit in expectation of feeling better afterwards
  • morning sickness
  • colic
  • abdominal pain
  • indigestion
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea (see also causes of diarrhoea)
  • haemorrhoids, which are also known colloquially as 'piles'

Nux vomica is also used in cases of heartburn and headaches due to intoxication with alcohol, i.e. 'hangover' headaches.


More about the substance used to prepare nux vomica homeopathic remedy:

This homeopathic remedy is derived from the strychnine tree which is widely known as the poison-nut tree and also as the vomiting nut tree and is native to parts of Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. It produces small pale flowers that lead to orange coloured fruits about the size of a tangerine (only the skin of the fruit is orange). Each fruit contains five circular almost flat seeds that are approx. an inch in diameter and surrounded by a whiteish jelly-like pulp. These seeds contain toxic chemicals.

The following sketch on the upper-left shows the pale flowers and fruits on the tree, illustrating the superficial similarity between the outside of the fruits when the tree is seen on the tree from a distance and the fruits of a tangerine or orange tree of similar size.

The sketch belowon the lower-left shows the seeds of the strychnine tree next to an open fruit inside which the pulp is also visible.

The homeopathic remedy nux vomica is prepared from a toxic alkaloid called strychnine found in the seeds of the strychnine tree. As also applies to other homeopathic remedies derived from toxic (poisonous) plants or other harmful substances, the homeopathic remedy itself should be safe to use because the process of preparation involves considerable dilution. However, the poisonous nature of the substance from which the nux vomica homeopathic remedy is derived is such that it is extremely important to obtain such remedies from a reputable manufacturer.

Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.

There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.

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