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Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea, the unpleasant feeling of needing to vomit, represents awareness of afferent stimuli to the medullary vomiting centre. Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of gastric contents caused by involuntary contraction of the abdominal musculature when the gastric fundus and lower esophageal sphincter are relaxed.

Vomiting should be distinguished from regurgitation, the spitting up of gastric contents without associated nausea or forceful abdominal muscular contractions. Patients with achalasia or rumination syndrome or a Zenker diverticulum may regurgitate undigested food without nausea.

For symptomatic relief of nausea and vomiting it is not necessary to know the exact pathological diagnosis, though persistent vomiting can be a symptom of serious gastrointestinal or neurological problems. Any persistent vomiting, even if it is relieved by homeopathic treatment, requires a complete medical check-up.

Homeopathic treatment of nausea varies from case to case depending on causation factor or presenting symptoms. For example, whether the nausea is caused by food poisoning or pregnancy needs to be taken into consideration. Another reasons for nausea include intoxication (especially alcohol), motion sickness, headaches, hormonal irregularity during menses, etc.

Main remedies used for Nausea and Vomiting

Arsenicum Album. Vomiting together with diarrhoea, sometimes simultaneously. Thirsty but liquids are often vomited immediately upon reaching the stomach; especially cold drinks are ejected. The patient is typically worse at night and feels improvement after drinking warm drinks.

Veratrum Album. Severe, sometimes projectile vomiting often with diarrhoea. Vomiting is accompanied by cold perspiration especially on forehead, chills, cold breath and sometimes collapse.

Nux Vomica. Typically problems caused by excessive usage of stimulants such as coffee, energy drinks, or alcohol. Prime remedy for hangovers. The patient is complaining about nausea with cramps and painful vomiting or ineffectual attempts to vomit. Nausea may be caused by car fumes or cigarette smoke.

Ipecacuanha. Horrible nausea or hanging down sensation in the stomach, unrelieved even temporarily by vomiting. Despite the nausea, the tongue is clean and red. Offensive breath with nausea and vomiting.

Tabacum. Motion sickness (including sea sickness). Deathly nausea, the patient may appear green or very pale. The patient dreads movements as they bring on faintness and nausea.

Please note that homeopathic prescriptions are based on totality of symptoms and prescriptions that do not consider all circumstances are often not so effective. It is therefore highly advisable to contact a trained homeopath if you seek assistance with this complaint.

Also, this article is for your information only and is not supposed to replace a qualified medical advice. If your symptoms persist, do not hesitate to contact either a registered homeopath or your local medical practitioner.


Merck Manual
Morrison, Desktop Guide To Keynotes And Confirmatory Symptoms