#5. Nux Vomica

#5.  Nux Vomica 30C – poison nut, strychnine




Nux Vomica, the original source of strychnine, was used commonly and very carefully as a medicine in former times.  As a homeopathic medicine, it is very safe, as the toxic effects of the plant have been removed, and only the healing qualities remain.  


People who benefit most from Nux Vomica, are those "type A” personalities who work hard and play hard.  This behavior often leads to exhaustion and weakness, thereby resulting in a variety of ailments, especially gastro-intestinal disorders.   Similarly, people who find themselves in a temporary situation of  working long hours without adequate rest or food may also be helped by this remedy.


Nux Vomica is useful for acute or chronic cases of over indulgence, whether it be from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, rich food or coffee.  This remedy helps to relieve symptoms of the “common hang-over”.  Also good for headaches and migraines, that tend to be worse from stimulation (noise, light, or mental activity), regardless of cause.


Many of the symptoms focus on digestive complaints, with accompanying abdominal spasms or cramps.  It helps in cases of constipation with constant urging, but passing small amounts of stool. Useful for peptic ulcers, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, or acute colic.  Many of these symptoms will be worse from anger and better from warm applications and drinks.   Usually the person will feel better after vomiting.


It can also be used for acute flus, with high fever and chills, where person feels irritable, and worse from the slightest draft.


In general, a person needing this remedy (acutely or chronically) is usually chilly, and feels tense, irritable and over-sensitive (to others or to the environment).    Better from warmth and warm drinks. The person is usually worse in the morning, or at night in bed.  For example: insomnia with waking at 3 or 4am with thoughts of work.


For hangovers or overindulgence, take one globule before going to bed, then as needed.   For other complaints, take every 3-4 hours, max 4 doses, or as needed?


My on set experiences: Nux Vomica #5


I first recognized Nux Vomica’s ability when it helped Marielle Poupelin, the Assistant Production Manager on "To walk with Lions."  As the liaison between the African and Canadian filming offices, she was hopelessly overworked and began to suffer from headaches that she described as feeling like a hangover. I gave her Nux Vomica, which eased her headache in a few minutes, and soon she was hard at work again, but without the headache.   She only took the remedy once more, and didn’t get another headache for the rest of the production, although her work never eased up.


            Tim Southam, who directed "The Bay of Love and Sorrows" in New Brunswick, used Nux Vomica successfully when he felt overtired from mental work; and, although he was very tired, he could not get to sleep.   He took the remedy about a half-hour before bed and woke feeling rested and refreshed.  He also used Coffea occasionally when he couldn’t sleep due to the inability to turn off his thoughts at bedtime.


Michelle Williams starred in two films at the same time: "A Hole in One" in Halifax, N.S. and  "Dawson Creek" in North Carolina. She worked all week and travelled on her days off. After a few weeks, she was understandably mentally exhausted from the effort. She tried Nux Vomica to help her settle down, and then used it whenever she flew back to us from North Carolina.  When she was extremely tired she would take a globule of Arnica which seemed to help her find the energy to keep going.


Alexa Vogel, the wonderful producer of "A Hole in One," used Nux Vomicain the mornings whenever her work entailed long days, consuming problems, and insufficient sleep.  It helped her to focus her energies, and I believe the remedy has become part of her own little homeopathy kit.