Nux vomica is commonly used as a natural remedy for many different symptoms and disorders. It comes from an evergreen tree by the same name, which is native to China, East India, Thailand, and Australia. The raw seeds are nicknamed “poison nut” because of their toxic nature. They must be treated before they are consumed to make them safe. Nux vomica that is used as a supplement can be purchased in a pill or powder form.
Nux vomica can affect the nervous system, and is most often used to treat conditions that are acute, or develop rapidly and have a short course. It is sometimes used to treat erectile dysfunction and infertility in men, though actual scientific studies have not yet proven its effectiveness.
Some people believe that nux vomica has anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatories are used to treat conditions that are worsened by inflammation, such as rheumatism, asthma, or hemorrhoids. One study found that nux vomica was effective in reducing the inflammation in rat paws.
Studies have shown that nux vomica contains powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants protect you against free radicals, which are chemicals in your body that can damage your cells.
The flowers of nux vomica are also believed to have antibacterial properties. According to one study, these properties could potentially be beneficial for use in antiseptics. Further research needs to be conducted.
Nux vomica is used to treat many different conditions. These include:
- digestive problems such as constipation, bloating, heartburn, and nausea
- male infertility and impotence
- colds and flus, particularly in the early stages of the virus
- back pain
- irritability, impatience, and high sensitivity to stimuli, caused by stress or mental strain
- headaches and migraines symptoms such as a sore scalp, frontal pain, light sensitivity, or stomach problems
- menstrual problems
At this time, there isn’t much scientific evidence that nux vomica effectively treats these symptoms and conditions. Talk to your doctor before you start using nux vomica. They may recommend other medications to treat your condition or symptoms, or may know of other, more effective homeopathic remedies to try first.
You shouldn’t use nux vomica if you have liver disease, as it can cause liver damage.
Nux vomica shouldn’t be taken in high doses, or used as a long-term treatment. Taking too much can cause serious symptoms, including:
- back stiffness
- liver failure
- breathing problems
The potential neurologic side effects of nux vomica are very serious. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list nux vomica as a chemical hazard.
You should consult your doctor before using nux vomica to treat male infertility or erectile dysfunction. They can help determine the underlying cause of the issue, and offer more effective treatments.
Tell your doctor about all of the medications you’re taking. Nux vomica can cause dangerous drug interactions, especially with antipsychotics.
It’s also important to note that while nux vomica has antioxidants, which are beneficial to overall health, taking antioxidants in doses that are too high can result in health problems.
Nux vomica has been used throughout history as a natural supplement to treat impotency and male infertility, along with many other conditions. However, there is no substantial evidence that it is effective.
The potentially toxic properties of nux vomica and its side effects are not worth the risk when other treatments are available.