Nux vomica fruit – poison nut

When there are symptoms following any dietary indiscretion think of Nux vomica. It is known as the ‘hangover remedy’ and may help with symptoms following a night of celebration. It is a good remedy for indigestion or following a food poisoning episode. Vomiting and diarrhoea may be helped with this remedy. It may even be beneficial with a history of stomach ulcer.

I have used this remedy for upper respiratory tract infections. The person is sensitive to light, noise, cold, they feel chilly, want to be wrapped up warmly and cannot tolerate any exposure to cold. There is fatigue, with the person not willing to move around much, they just want to lie down quietly. The throat is sore, raspy and painful when swallowing. They desire warm drinks. There may be lots of sneezing and a runny nose with one nostril blocked and then the other, depending on which side they lie on. There may be itchiness inside the ear or nose.

It may be a useful remedy for insomnia especially when this is associated with increased stress such as work pressure. Thoughts constantly go around in the head preventing sleep.

The person may be extremely irritable and impatient, having the proverbial “short straw” and unable to tolerate the behaviour of others.

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