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Nux vomica

Treating behavioural and gastroenterological disorders with Nux vomica

Nux vomica is a homoeopathic remedy that is mainly recommended in case of self-induced intoxication caused by an inadequate lifestyle characterized by stress, overeating or lack of physical activity. This remedy is made with the seeds of the strychnine tree, a deciduous tree found in south-east Asia. To obtain the mother tincture, it is necessary to dry the seeds. The Nux vomica homoeopathic remedy is sold in different forms: capsules, drinkable drops, phials, suppositories and trituration.

Behavioural disorders

Nux vomica is mainly used for treating behavioural disorders. The pathology affects infants by making them voracious, angry and impatient. In most cases, the disease brings out aggressive behaviour, drowsiness during the day and sometimes insomnia. The baby may also be constipated, have reflux, or suffer from digestive disorders accompanied by spasmodic colic. The illness is also characterized by  light sleep and drowsiness at the end of feeding time.

An adult with a behavioural disorder is often an active, ambitious and successful person, but is also irritable, bossy and impatient on a day-to-day basis. In case of personal or professional failure, that person will be easily depressed and very anxious about the future. To cope with his or her daily life, he or she tends to resort to stimulants like coffee, tobacco, alcohol or tea.

Indications for use in gastroenterology

Nux vomica is extremely efficient for dealing with digestive disorders. Many symptoms can be linked to digestive disorders. Most of the time, this pathology causes dyspepsia, and the patient often feels stomach pain and nausea, the latter being particularly well-relieved by self-induced vomiting. The patient may also suffer from indigestion and constipation. In regard to infants, Nux vomica should be administered in case of colics.

Indications for use in ENT

Nux vomica is also used for ENT-related pathologies. It is indicated when a person has an abundant and aqueous cold and if the condition is worst in the morning. The patient also has a tendency to sneeze at the beginning of the day and to have a stuffy nose at night.

Indications for use in infectiology

Nux vomica is a particularly effective remedy for curing flu-like illnesses. Indeed, it is one of the most commonly-used remedy to treat this type of pathology.

Indications for use in cardiology

Thanks to its composition, Nux vomica is suitable for treating high blood pressure disorders. In fact, high blood pressure, a condition found mainly in adults, is rather difficult to treat. However, the use of Nux vomica has proven its effectiveness in such cases.

Other indications

Nux vomica is also used to treat other diseases. Indeed, the remedy is effective for treating headaches and migraines. It is also recommended in the treatment of lower back pain.

Recommended dosage in case of behavioural disorders

Behavioral disorders can be treated by taking 5 granules of Nux vomica 15 CH daily over a 3-month period. If the patient suffers from motion sickness, 5 granules of Nux vomica 9 CH should by taken right before departure. To treat insomnia, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Nux vomica 15 CH when going to bed. The intake may be renewed if the patient is unable to fall asleep. To deal with drowsiness that occurs after meals, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Nux vomica 9 CH. To treat behavioural disorders in infants, administer 5 granules of Nux vomica 5 CH before each feeding. To do this, dissolve the granules in a teaspoon of water and add it to the baby’s bottle.

Recommended dosage in case of gastroenterological disorders

In case of haemorrhoids or digestive disorders, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Nux vomica 9 CH every 2 hours if the attacks occurs after excessive consumption of spices or alcoholic beverages. To treat constipation, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Nux vomica 9 CH twice a day.

Recommended dosage in case of ENT disorders

In case of a cold accompanied by sneezing, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Nux vomica 5 CH every hour. The dose is reduced according to the patient’s improving condition. An allergic cold is dealt with by taking 5 granules of Nux vomica 15 CH before bed, an intake that should be repeated every time the symptoms reappear.

Recommended dosage in case of infectious diseases

In case of infectious rhinitis, it is recommended to take 5 granules as soon as the sneezing begins. To be effective, the intake should be renewed an hour later. To treat a patient with flu-like symptoms, it is recommended to administer him or her 5 granules of Nux vomica 9 CH, to be taken every 2 hours, especially if the flu results in watery nasal discharge.

Recommended dosage in case of heart disorders

To treat hypertension, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Nux vomica 9 CH. The intake may be renewed as many times as necessary, notably if hypertension is caused by anger.

Other indications

To relieve headaches that are accompanied by digestive disorders, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Nux vomica 9 CH. The intake may be renewed every two hours if necessary.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “Nux vomica”

Associated diseases

  • Aggressiveness
  • Colic
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dyspepsia
  • Alcoholism
  • Influenza
  • Hypertension
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Motion sickness
  • Migraine
  • Rhinitis
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting

Good to know: Nux vomica is a homoeopathic remedy of a great effectiveness for treating various diseases. Nux vomica 9 or 15 CH can be used to treat people who can not stand smells.

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