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The typical Nux
Vomica patient is readily recognized by almost all homeopaths and is
in fact one of the most commonly prescribed remedies.
<<Work.>> The popular concept of
"type A personality" describes the typical Nux Vomica patient very
well. The Nux Vomica patient is impatient, competitive and
ambitious. The major focus of his life is on work and achievement.
He is confident and even arrogant. The patient is compulsive with
his work and in all aspects of his life, even to the point of
fastidious cleanliness and ordering of his house or
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People of such a focused nature often have strongly aggressive
personalities, and this is very characteristic of the Nux Vomica
patient. The patient can be irritable, first only sporadically but
as he becomes more pathological the irritability becomes anger, then
rage, then frank violence. In the usual case, however, the patient
is irritable mainly from impediments to his ambitions. He becomes
infuriated at the slowness and inefficiency of his co-workers, of
waitresses, cashiers, etc. Even an inanimate object can anger the
patient: he may tear his shirt if the buttons don't come out easily;
he breaks the phone if he gets a busy signal on an important call.
He may have long standing, unresolved anger towards his parents or
others. In advanced states, the patient develops increasingly
violent behavior patterns which may even end in criminal
almost all aspects of his life the Nux Vomica patient is
competitive. When he plays cards he must win; when he jogs, he must
jog faster than the others on the track; when he drives, he cannot
bear the idea that the person in the next lane may get ahead of him,
so he switches lanes to always be in the fast lane even if that
requires forcing himself into the path of another car. He wants to
try everything and is not overly cautious about things he may
explore. Any type of stimulant - coffee, alcohol, amphetamines, even
cocaine will attract this patient. He may also be hedonistic in
sexual matters. The Nux Vomica patient fears and avoids marriage,
not out of fear of responsibility as in Lycopodium but from fear of
the loss of freedom or fear of being humiliated in
<<Collapse.>> It is
easy to understand that the patient described could be subject to
collapse states from over-work or abuse of substances or from
indulgence and excess. Nux Vomica is one of the best remedies for
patients in collapsed states, not only for the collapse itself but
to help him to be more moderate in his behavior in the future.
<<Physical.>> On the physical
plane, Nux Vomica pathology centers largely on the gastrointestinal
tract. Since so many of the symptoms of Nux Vomica are related to
its heavy strychnine content, it should come as no surprise that
spasm and cramping are very prominent. Additionally the nervous
system is often disturbed.
IRRITABLE, IMPATIENT, AMBITIOUS AND DRIVEN PATIENTS. EASILY
OFFENDED. <<Anger from contradiction>>
(Aur). <<Tendency to break things from anger and
irritability.>> IMPATIENT - HATES WAITING IN LINES OR IN
TRAFFIC. COMPETITIVE. WORKAHOLIC.
COMPULSIVE. <<Fastidious>>, especially angry if
objects not in their proper place. Fear: Marriage. Humiliation.
Dark (especially in children). Failure. Substance abuse.
Alcoholism. Delirium tremons. Weeping from anger. Weeping before
menses. Aversion to tight clothing - in a hurry to take off
watches, ring, tie. <<Great sensitivity to
stimulation>> - light, noise, odors, etc.
General. <<Chilly and worse from
cold and from cold, dry wind.>> CHILLS, RIGOR FROM MOVING
UNDER HIS BLANKET (during fever). <<Generally better from
warmth and warm applications.>> <<Collapse and
fatigue states from over-work.>> General aggravation from
alcoholic drinks or from abuse of alcohol. Breakdown from
substance abuse. Simple "hangover". General aggravation from
eating. Convulsions, worse anger, worse touch. Faintness,
worse odors, worse labor. Cerebral accidents with paresis,
expressive aphasia, convulsion. General aggravation from dry
weather. General aggravation from suppressed hemorrhoids (peptic
Acutes. Influenza or other
febrile conditions with high fever and violent chills and rigors
which are worse from every movement which stirs the air under the
covers. Cystitis with nearly constant urging, relieved for
moments only on passing small quantities of urine and relieved by
warm applications or warm bathing. Gastritis with pains from
alcohol abuse or from over-eating. Acute colic - kidney stones,
cholecystitis - with cramping pains better from heat, worse
Head. Headache and migraine, worse noise,
worse light, worse mental activity or vexation, worse before
menses. Photophobia. Allergy and hay fever, even hay
asthma. SNEEZING AND CORYZA IN MORNING ON WAKING OR ON
RISING. Fluent coryza in the morning but obstructed at
night. Coryza worse in open air. Bruxism.
<<Spicy. Fat. Alcohol. Coffee.>> Tobacco. Any
stimulant. Peptic ulcers in workaholic patients.Gastritis from
alcohol abuse. Hepatitis, either infectious or
alcoholic. Nausea and vomiting, worse anger, worse alcohol, worse
menstrual colic or other abdominal pains, worse
smoke. <<Stomach pains, worse anger, worse tight clothes,
better warmth, warm applications or warm
drinks.>> <<Cramping or sharp pains in
abdomen,>> worse after eating, worse cold, better warmth or
warm drinks, better stool. <<Infants with colic>> and
angry arching of the back.
Rectum. CONSTIPATION WITH CONSTANT,
INEFFECTUAL URGING FOR STOOL; small amounts are passed which
temporarily relieves the urging only to return moments
later. Constipation in children with hard, painful stool; the
child fears going for stool. Diarrhea alternating with
constipation; constant urging for stool but passes small amounts.
Diarrhea, worse cold, worse alcohol. Urging for stool during
urination. Hernia, inguinal or umbilical. Hemorrhoids; pains
better warmth, better after stool.
Sexual Organs. CYSTITIS WITH CONSTANT URGING FOR SMALL
AMOUNTS, BETTER WARM BATHING. Painful urinary retention. Sex
drive increased; promiscuity. Kidney stones; renal
colic. Pyelonephritis. Dysmenorrhea with urge for stool before
or during the flow. Uterine or rectal spasm during sexual
Chest. Cough, worse morning, or morning
in bed. Asthma, often worse exertion, worse night, worse 3 or 4
AM, worse cold, worse in the morning. Angina
pectoris. Palpitations from coffee, from excitement.
Extremities. <<Back pain, worse
night in bed>>, worse turning in bed, must rise to turn, worse
during fever, worse during urge for stool. Fibrositis, worse
cold, better warmth. Cramps and contractures of
muscles. Twitching, tics, tremor and muscle spasms anywhere in
Sleep. INSOMNIA, WAKES ESPECIALLY 3 OR 4
AM AND CANNOT SLEEP DUE TO THOUGHTS ABOUT WORK or how to accomplish
tasks. Sleepiness during day, worse eating, worse when sitting,
worse watching TV.
<<Children.>> The Nux
Vomica child is irritable and often affected with gastrointestinal
problems such as colic or colitis. As school age comes the child is
competitive about his grades and sports far beyond the norm. He is a
terrible loser. The parents may say that the child can under no
circumstances admit that he is at fault or that he has made a
mistake. Jealousy of the other siblings or toward other gifted
children at school is often a problem. In adolescence the child may
develop strongly bitter feelings towards his parents, especially the
same-sex parent. It can be astonishing to find how rudely such a
child can speak towards his parent in such cases. These children are
very concerned about fair-play both towards themselves and others
and can seem very idealistic. Many Nux Vomica children exhibit
strong fears, especially fear of the dark.
Clinical. Alcoholism. Allergy. Angina.
Arrhythmia. Arthritis. Asthma. Behavior disorder. Cerebral
accidents. Chemical sensitivity. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Colds.
Colic. Constipation. Crohn's disease. Cystitis. Endometriosis.
Fibrositis. Headache. Hemorrhoid. Hyper- tension. Inflammatory bowel
disease. Influenza. Insomnia. Irritable bowel syndrome. Kidney
stones. Low back pain. Lupus. Migraine. Multiple Sclerosis.
Neuralgia. Peptic ulcer. Premenstrual syndrome. Prostatitis.
Pyelonephritis. Rectal fissure. Sciatica. Ulcerative
Kingdom: Plant Latin Name: Strychnos
nux-vomica Common Name: Poison Nut Homeopahtic:
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1. Dark, sallow, spare subjects of
passionate temperament ; sedentary brain workers ; chronic
dyspeptics addicted to stimulants ; victims of drug habits, drastic
medicines, excesses, etc.
. Hypochondriasis with irascibility
and impatience ; spiteful and malicious or sullen and surly, thinks
everyone is against him ; melancholy > alone especially from
relatives ; "spasmodic" homicidal or suicidal impulses ; precise,
ardent but overbearing ; dread of, and incapacity for literary
. Mental and physical hypersensitiveness
(even fainting) to external stimuli ; also to pain, trifling
. Gastric disorders
from atony ; hunger yet no desire for
food, distension and discomfort an
hour or so after meals with nausea ;
taste, eructations, vomit, etc., all
sour or bitter ; ''if only could
vomit would be better'' ; assoc. "bilious" morning headaches ;
craving for condiments and sour or bitter things ; likes
. Habitual constipation ;
frequent but ineffectual desire for
small quantities passed at each attempt (from spasmodic peristalsis)
; blind or bleeding piles ; stool temporarily > .
. Menstrual period premature,
profuse, protracted with bearing-down pains, nausea in a.m.,
chilliness and attacks of faintness.
. Drowsiness during evening,
wakeful at 3-4 a.m., but later falls into heavy, unrefreshing sleep ;
awakes late tired and worn out. Always > undisturbed
. Convulsions with consciousness ;
tetanic rigidity < external stimuli especially touch : also
violent local muscular contractions.
. In fevers patient must be
covered in every stage
- chill, heat and sweat ; cannot move
or uncover without being chilly.
. Patient very chilly, < winter,
open air acid draughts ; dry weather ; mental exertion ; anger ;
mornings ; after eating ; > warmth ; mild, damp weather.
acts best during repose of mind and body ; dose a few hours before