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Know Your Remedies: Nux Vomica (Nux.)

(C)Guy Ackermans 2005

Common Name: Poison nut: Quaker buttons.

General Information

Nux Vomica is prepared from the strychnine-containing seeds of the Strychnine or Poison Nut tree. Once prepared in homeopathic potencies, the remedy is non-toxic and safe for use with infants through to the elderly. Those who need Nux Vomica do things to excess. They overwork and overindulge in food, coffee, stimulants, and alcohol (it is a key remedy for hangover). They are competitive, driven, irritable, and intolerant of the shortcomings of others. Eventually, nervous exhaustion leads to sleep difficulties, and sensitivity to smells, light, and sound. Pains are cramping and spasmodic, and worsened by sedentary habits.


  • Sneezing on waking or after eating.


  • Nose runs during the day but blocked or stuffy at night.
  • Better for fresh air and worse for warm, stuffy rooms.


  • High fever with chills, backache, shivering, and sweating.
  • Chilled by the slightest draft or movement under the big clothes.
  • Sore, bruised pains in bones and joints.


  • Worse in the morning after overindulgence (hangover), loss of sleep or mental strain.
  • Bilious, dizzy, and oversensitive to light, noise, smells.
  • From mental exertion, worry, or alcohol.
  • Wakes between 3 to 4 a.m. and falls asleep again when time to get up.

Digestive Problems

  • Indigestion from alcohol, rich food, or coffee, or mental strain.
  • Gastritis and ulcers.
  • Bitter, sour belching. Flatulence from tight clothing.
  • Cramping pains better for warmth or warm drinks.
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation with ineffectual urging.
  • Constipation from sedentary habits, travelling, overeating.


  • Constant urging, relieved by sitting in a warm bath.

For Pets

  • Digestive upsets after excessive or rich food.
  • Irritability with constipation.
  • Poisoning by noxious plants

Where do I find it?

Nux Vomica (Nux) is available from our online store as a single remedy and is also included in the following Complexes (combination remedies): Colic; Common Cold – Watery; Hay Fever; Headache – Migraine; Indigestion; Jet-Lag; Nausea; Over-indulgence & Hangover; Reflux; Smoke Stop; Snore Ease; Teething; Winter Defence.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment, also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions

For acute and self-limiting complaints, take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 30 minutes to 4 hours (30 minutes for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance. Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that will be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

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