Benefits of nux vomica

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Benefits of nux vomica
Nux vomica is a homeopathic remedy recommended for colds characterised by runny noses during the day and blocked passages at night. (young woman wiping nose image by forca from

Nux vomica was developed by Dr. Hahnemann in 1805 in a homeopathic preparation. It is prepared from strychnine, the toxin in the seeds of the poison-nut tree plant, in various strengths and formulations. As with all homeopathic remedies, nux vomica is matched to your profile or personality as well as physical symptoms. Homeopathic professionals suggest nux vomica may be of benefit for digestive complaints, insomnia, or cold and influenza symptoms if the profile also matches. Nux vomica can be obtained in health food stores, pharmacies and on the Internet as a holistic approach to health. Be sure to consult your health care professional before attempting naturopathic remedies at home.

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Digestive complaints

Nux vomica may provide relief from digestive symptoms of indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and constipation. People who benefit from nux vomica experience their digestive complaints when they suppress their emotions. In “The Complete Homeopathy Handbook”, Miranda Castro explains the personality type matching nux vomica may overindulge in certain foods, alcohol or coffee when angry or irritable. This overindulgence may precede the physical symptoms.


In “The Complete Homeopathy Handbook”, Miranda Castro describes nux vomica as matching the personality of the workaholic who becomes too wound up to sleep. Castro explains if you are sleepy when going to bed but can’t get to sleep or wake up in the early morning hours too anxious to get back to sleep, you may benefit from nux vomica. If the insomnia is caused by alcohol, excitement, overwork or an overactive mind, nux vomica may be beneficial.

Colds and influenza

Herbs suggests nux vomica for colds with a blocked nose at night and a runny nose during the day, flu with fever and sore muscles, and dry tickly coughs. In "The Complete Homeopathy Handbook", Miranda Castro recommends nux vomica for people who catch cold easily especially if exposed to draughts or becoming chilled. She suggests nux vomica is beneficial for dry suffocating coughs that are worse during the early morning and after eating.

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