Nux vomica (strychnos Nux vomica) is one of the greatest polychrest remedies proved by Hahnemann.
The words Nux vomica is taken from Latin ‘nux’ means ‘nut’ and ‘vomere’ meaning vomiting. It has the peculiar property of nut, and its seeds are used to make medicine.
It is a vegetable kingdom remedy that belongs to the family Loganiaceae and is commonly known as ‘poison nut’ or ‘Kuchla’.
It is the best remedy to start the treatment of cases that have been drugged by different pathies, especially allopathic medicines. It is often used to antidote the bad effects and actions of previous medicines.
The active principle or the chemical constituents of Nux vomica are strychnine and brucine which are alkaloids.
It is the remedy that is capable of working wonders with people of all ages of life.
Nux Vomica Constitution/Personality
Nux vomica is suited to thin, irritable, dark hair and dark complexion persons who lead a sedentary life.
The constitution of a Nux patient is irritable, nervous, and has an impatient temperament.
The nux patients have a strong constitution basically, they are ambitious, intelligent, capable in every field. They are the most competitive people in any organization and become the workaholic dominated by work.
The Nux vomica person is known to be oversensitive. They are sensitive to the slightest noise, bright light, touch, they can not tolerate the slightest contradiction and even every harmless word offend them.
Nux is a suitable remedy for the person who is ardent, irritable, and is disposed to anger.
Guiding symptoms of Nux Vomica
The main guiding symptom of this medicine is oversensitivity. They are oversensitive to noise, light, and touch. They are oversensitive to medicine also.
When the person is over drugged by allopathic medicines or by the bad effects of a wrongly prescribed medicine, Nux is indicated to start the treatment in such cases.
There is an uncontrollable state of irritability in the patients of Nux which is accompanied by physical weakness and a lack of balance.
They are the person who is never contented or satisfied, always get disturbed by their surrounding, and become irritable.
Another guiding symptom of this remedy is they are a person who is full of anxiety. Anxiety with irritability and inclination to commit suicide.
It is one of the biggest hypochondriacal medicine in materia medica, which means they are always worried about their health and believe they are sick even there is nothing wrong with them.
Nux is indicated to the patient who tends to take cold easily that gets settled in nose, throat, chest, and ear. The least current of air causes headache with coryza.
Nux is a very good remedy for gastric complaints, it is indicated the person who is prone to indigestion and hemorrhoids.
There is a characteristic symptom among nux patients that is nausea after eating and gets ameliorated only by vomiting.
Nux vomica patients always want to cover. They become worse by uncovering. That is why they desire alcohol, wine, and coffee.
Nux vomica is indicated to those patients who want to sleep late in the morning. They fall into a deep and dreamy sleep in the daytime from which they are hard to arouse, and then feel tired and weak.
Nux Vomica Uses
This article will cover from head to toe all the complaints body. And wherever the symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-
Nux vomica is suited to the person who is very particular and careful but inclined to become easily excited or angered if anything bothers them.
The patients of nux vomica have irritability, impatience, and dictatorial nature.
In any organization, they do their job by hook or by crook without minding any obstacles in their way.
Nux vomica is indicated to the patient who is fastidious which means they keep their things in an organized and systematic manner with proper cleanliness.
Nux vomica is quarrelsome along with being jealous. They do not want anyone to point a finger at them. There is jealousy from deceived ambition seen in the ratings of Nux.
There is insanity like madness and drunkards and also the suicidal disposition. They want to commit suicide but are afraid to die.
Nix vomica is indicated when there is paroxysmal vertigo with obscuration of vision. The patient feels as if his brain is turning in the circle and as if he would fall to one side.
There is a feeling of fullness in the head with a partial headache in the morning which gets disappears in the evening.
Headache generally appears in the morning, on waking, intolerable and feeling of heaviness in the brain.
The scalp on the vertex is painful to touch as if beaten.
Nux is indicated to the patients having starting eyes, often turned upwards so that pupil cannot be seen.
It is a wonderful remedy for treating catarrhal conjunctivitis where there is a burning sensation in the eyes, the eyes become swollen with pain in them.
It has also given excellent results in treating optic nerve atrophy where there is blurred vision and difficult color vision.
Nux is indicated when there is hyperaesthesia of auditory nerves which means there is increased sound sensitivity. Loud as well as the slightest noises are painful and anger him.
There is deafness with roaring and ringing in the ear that gets aggravated into the warm room or the bed.
Nostril is wide open and sensitive internally. Margins of the nostril appear sore as if ulcerated.
There is the profuse discharge of mucus from one nostril, that seems obstructed by dry catarrh.
Nux is a very good remedy for coryza when there is a feeling of scraping in the throat, crawling and scratching in the nose, and sneezing with a headache.
Coryza dry at night and fluent by day means nose runny through the day, and at night it stopped up. This symptom gives a clear indication of nux vomica.
Nux vomica is a wonderful remedy for treating the case of oral ulcers or aphthae with bloody saliva.
Patients also complain of bad odor from the mouth, bitter and sour taste with nausea and retching in the morning.
There is itching of the palate and eustachian tube also. The first half of the tongue appears clean but, the posterior half is covered with yellow fur and cracked edges.
Gums are swollen, white, and bleeding with a toothache that gets worse by cold drink or food.
The patients who need Nux vomica complain of the chattering of teeth at night during sleep.
Nux is an excellent remedy for treating acne. If there is acne from excessive use of liquor, from eating cheese and fatty food then nux vomica is indicated.
It is also indicated for infraorbital neuralgia that causes involuntary twitching or cramping of facial muscles.
Child desire to pass its hand constantly over face and rub it.
Nux is highly indicated for sore throat and hardness of voice due to catarrh. There is catarrhal hoarseness with scraping in the throat.
The patient also complains of a tickling sensation in the throat after waking in the morning. This condition insists the patient swallow which makes the condition worse.
There is a sensation of roughness, tightness, and tension also in the throat.
Nux vomica has shown very good results in treating the cause of asthma. Asthma with disordered stomach in the morning or after eating.
There is a desire to eat during cough.
It is also indicated in treating whooping cough that is violent with splitting headache. The patient has to hold his head while coughing.
The cough of Nux patients is induced by the motion of the body or by exertion and forced expiration, which appears every night after lying down.
If there is any respiratory depression that means oppressed or painful breathing due to seizure and convulsion, then Nux vomica works wonders.
Nux vomica is also a very effective remedy in treating cardiac complaints.
In the case of angina pectoris (pain in the chest due to insufficient blood supply) where the patient lies on the knee with body lean backward, indicate to use Nux vomica.
The patients also complain of palpitation (a rapid pulsation) while lying down. Their heart feels tired.
Nux vomica is the top listed remedy for gastric issues and has given amazing results in treating it.
There is indigestion that causes extreme distress in the stomach immediately after eating.
The region of the stomach is very sensitive to pressure re, epigastrium gets bloated after eating and keep remains the same even after several hours.
There is a feeling of nausea and vomiting with lots of retching that means patients make effort to vomit but no food comes out.
Nux is indicated when there is a desire for stimulants like coffee, beer, wine, and alcohol. There is dyspepsia or Indigestion from drinking strong coffee.
The patient also complained of frequent sour and bitter eructations with lots of flatulence of gases.
There is marked constipation and diarrhea that alternates with each other is seen in the patients. Patients who have been taking purgatives their whole life are more prone to develop these conditions.
There is a disagreeable sensation in the stomach and abdomen associated with hunger, an hour before dinner.
Abdomen and Rectum symptoms
Nux is indicated when there is any liver pathology or liver-related issues.
There is throbbing pain in the liver region and violent stitches in the umbilical region above the navel.
Nux vomica is indicated in the case of jaundice with an aversion to food and sticking pain in the hepatic region after a few hours of eating.
It is an effective remedy for colic pain in the lower abdomen that forces down toward the genitals. Patients tend to develop inguinal hernias.
Nux vomica is also indicated for blind hemorrhoids which means the piles that do not bleed.
The patient often complains of violent pressing and burning pain in the rectum before and after stool.
Nux vomica is an excellent remedy for treating constipation.
There is a frequent ineffectual desire to pass stool with a sensation as if not finished, always seems as if it were not enough even after they pass stool daily.
Nux vomica is used by many homeopaths to treat the case of diabetic nephropathy. There is an increase in the need for urination, urine voids during the night along with swelling of hands and feet.
Nux vomica is also indicated in renal colic, pain especially in the right kidney extending into the genitals and right leg.
It is a very effective remedy for hematuria that is blood in the urine with pressure and distension in the abdomen after abuse of alcoholic stimulants or drugs.
In cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) there is painful urging to urinate with scanty or very little urine pass and violent burning pain indicates the use of nux vomica.
Urination is difficult with pressure in the region of the bladder, spasmodic retention of urine, and urine discharge drop by drop.
Nux vomica is indicated in nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting in infants with gastric derangements.
Patients often complain of involuntary micturition when laughing, coughing, or sneezing.
Nux vomica is an effective medicine in treating male genitals complaints like chronic prostatitis, gonorrhea, and hydrocele.
It is a great remedy for sexual impotence with great spinal exhaustion.
There is a sexual desire on the slightest provocation and painful erections followed by excessive irritability.
Patients often complain of itching on the glans penis and scrotum. The condition is aggravated by motion, walking, and at night.
Nux vomica is indicated for treating many menses-related issues like metrorrhagia, irregular menses, and dysmenorrhea with cramping pain in the uterine region.
Nux vomica is also indicated in treating uterine pathologies like uterine fibroids, hemorrhage, and tearing pain in the uterus that extends upward toward the stomach.
Females who are into weight lifting can develop a prolapsed vagina, in such case nux vomica will be effective to treat.
Nux vomica is also indicated in morning sickness and constipation during pregnancy.
Hand and Leg symptoms
Nux vomica is indicated when there is soreness in the shoulder joint and shoulders pain as if bruised.
There is numbness of arms and hands with sensation as if the arm were asleep with loss of motion especially at night.
If there is the sensation of a sudden loss of power in the lower extremities when walking the legs tremble and they drag feet then nux vomica will be effective.
Nux vomica is a good remedy for boils, especially over knees and thighs that causes stiffness of the whole leg.
There is stiffness in the back with tearing pain that extends down from the name of the neck.
The pain in the back gets aggravated by pressure or by touch.
Patients also complain of pain in the scapular region especially on stooping and in the nape of the neck in moving head.
Backache due to sexual excess or by masturbation.
The skin of the nux patient is acne-prone. The pimples are red, painful only when touched, and itching.
Pimples or papules all over the face especially on the forehead and scalp.
There is burning, itching, and rash-like eruptions in the knees.
Nux vomica is a great fever remedy with the great chilliness of the body, skin appears cold and cannot get warm in bed.
There is intense shivering during fever with cold feet. Patients do not want to be uncovered at any cost.
There is the sensation of internal heat or burning through the whole body with external chilliness.
Nux vomica is indicated when there is profuse warm sweat during fever followed by dry heat.
Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
The condition of nux vomica gets aggravated by waking in the early morning, cold open air from mental exertion, and disturbed sleep.
Worse from the disappointment of ambition, sedentary habits, and overeating.
The conditions of Nux vomica get better by a nap, in the evening, lying down.
Better from warm drinks like milk and by lying on sides.
Relationship with Other Medicine
This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.
The remedies complementary to Nux vomica are Kali carb, phosphorus, and sulfur which should be given early in all diseases.
These remedies have many similarities in action but are different in origin, which means the source from which the medicine is prepared is another.
Remedies similar to Nux vomica are Ignatia and Lycopodium.
Followed well by
These are medicines given after the first medicine finished its action.
Nux vomica is followed we’ll by Bryonia, pulsatilla, and Sulphur
Nux vomica is inimical to Zinc must not be used before or after Nux.
Nux vomica antidotes Coffea, Ignatia, and Cocculus.
Nux Vomica Dosage & Potencies
The dosage and potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.
Nux vomica should be given in the evening, several hours before going to bed.
Nux Vomica 30 Uses
Lower potency is given when very few symptoms of the patient match with the medicine and help the doctor only to diagnose the disease condition.
This potency requires frequent repetition, 3-4 times a day, till the expected result is seen.
Nux Vomica 200 Uses
This is considered as higher potency; they are given when the majority of mental symptoms and physical symptoms of Nux vomica match.
Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a long duration of days, so the second dose is repeated every 7-days or every 15-days once.
Nux Vomica 1M Uses
This is very high potency. One should give it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Nux vomica and that given by the patient match perfectly.
One should not repeat 1 M potency too often. It is given 30 days once and waiting for symptoms to disappear.
Nux Vomica Q (Mother Tincture) Uses
The mother tincture of nux vomica is used as a therapeutic dose for treating uncontrollable anger, irritability due to constipation. It is primarily used to treat mood swings before menses and correct depressing thoughts in person.
Take 10 drops of tincture in half cup water thrice a day and continue till the recovery occurs.
Nux Vomica 3X/6X Uses
This lower potency of Nux vomica works well to treat pathological conditions kike conjunctivitis, otalgia, whooping cough, jaundice, chronic prostatitis, and uterine fibroid
Clinical Indication of Nux Vomica
- Dry coryza at night and fluent by day
- Sour eructation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gastric ulcer
- Water brash
- Backache from sexual weakness
- Chronic prostatitis
- Inguinal hernia
- Sexual impotence
- Painful periods
Nux Vomica Side Effects
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by potentization where the dynamic curative power of the medication is aroused, so homeopathic medicines produce negligible side effects.
If any side effects are seen then it can be antidoted by Aconite, Belladonna, Camphor, Opium, and Stramonium.