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Nux vomica (Strychnos nux-vomica)

Generic Name: nux vomica


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Arabinose, Brechnuss, Brechnusssamen, brucine, brucine N-oxide, galactan, galactomannan, galactose, Loganiaceae (family), loganic acid, ma qian zi, noce vomica, noix vomique, nuez vomica, poison nut, Quaker buttons, rhamnose, shudha kupilu, slang nut, strychni semen, strychnine, Strychnos nux-vomica, strychnos seed, vishamushti.


Nux vomica is the dried, ripe seed of Strychnos nux-vomica L., a native tree of Burma, China, eastern India, Thailand, and northern Australia. There are reports of toxic effects with traditional use of the seeds or fruit of Strychnos nux-vomica L.

In homeopathy, nux vomica is used for allergies, back pain, colds, constipation, digestive problems, emotional stress, flu, hangovers, headaches, hemorrhoids, and menstrual problems. Nux vomica is also a polycrest, or a homeopathic remedy used to treat many ailments. As a polycrest, nux vomica's primary indication is for disorders related to abuse of narcotic drugs, alcohol, coffee, or tobacco, overindulgence of rich food and beverages, and mental strain from excessive work.

Athough nux vomica appeared as a treatment in 19th Century medical publications, there is very little documentation on its therapeutic effectiveness in today's standard medical journals. However, because nux vomica is a common homeopathic medicine, research continues on it, albeit in laboratory and animal studies. This remedy is in the category of unapproved herbs according to the German Commission E.


DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.


WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abscesses, aging, alcohol abuse, allergies, analgesic (pain reliever), anemia (secondary), anthelminthic (expels worms), anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anxiety, appetite stimulant, back pain, bubonic plague, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, colds, constipation, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, encephalopathy (glycine), expectorant, eye diseases, neuralgia (facial nerve pain), gastrointestinal disorders, gout, hangovers, headaches, hemorrhoids, hysteria, impotence, indigestion, influenza, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, liver cancer, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, migraine, muscle spasm, myasthenia gravis, nerve disorders (paresthesia), rabies, Raynaud's disease, Reiter's syndrome, respiratory ailments, rheumatism, stress (emotional), substance abuse (coffee), substance abuse (tobacco), tonic.


Adults (18 years and older):

There is no proven safe or effective dose for nux vomica. As pills or powders, 0.3-0.9g per day has traditionally been used.

Homeopathic preparations are the most commonly used form, and nux vomica comes in several strengths, including 6X, 12X, 30X, and 30C. Traditionally, sublingual doses are taken one-half hour before or after eating, brushing teeth, or drinking anything but water.

Children (younger than 18 years):

There is no proven safe or effective dose for nux vomica, and use in children is not recommended due to potential toxicity. In children, as little as 50mg of seed may cause intoxication or death.

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