Vomiting is a process whereby gastric contents are ejected through the mouth. One of many nerve networks sends an impulse to the vomiting center of the brain. An example of this is when the inner ear sends an impulse, which results in motion sickness.
The digestive system can do the same because of spoiled food. Once the impulse is received, the brain causes abdominal muscle pressure on the digestive tract and contraction of the esophagus. The result is vomiting. Persistent vomiting can result in complications.
Signs & Symptoms
* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.
All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.
Severe vomiting can result in electrolyte imbalance. If sodium deficiency results from prolonged vomiting, muscle weakness and cardiac arrhythmia will appear, in which case the person is treated with an intravenous (IV) administration of an electrolyte solution.
Bottle formulae that are low or deficient in vitamin B-6 may produce vomiting in infants. Vitamin B-12 deficiency can also be an underlying cause.
Toxicities from vitamin K and/or copper can be manifested as vomiting. The toxic dosage for vitamin K is undetermined. Chronic ingestion of more than 250 milligrams of copper per day is toxic.
Vomiting can be a symptom of food allergy. The Elimination Diet should be used to identify the offending substance or substances. The allergen can then be excluded from the diet.
1. Ipecacuanha - 30C
2. Cocculus indicus - 30C especially motion sickness
3. Aethusa cynapium - 30C
Advanced, by symptoms:
1. Over-indulgence in food and alcohol, retching (wants to vomit but can't) - Nux vomica.
2. Constant nausea, unrelieved by vomiting - Ipecacuanha.
3. Too rich food, better in fresh air - Pulsatilla nigricans.
4. Burning stomach pains - Arsenicum Album.
Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.
X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.
Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.
Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.
Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.
Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.
Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.
Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.
Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.
Calc. Phos. non-assimilation of food, particularly in infants; Ferr. Phos. undigested food, fever, blood; Kali Mur. thick white phlegm; Kali Phos. dark ("coffee grounds"), bitter, nervous condition; Nat. Mur. sour, transparent fluids; Nat. Phos. acid, curdled masses, yellow-coating on back of tongue; Nat. Sulf. bilious, dark-coated tongue;
4 tablets every hour in acute attacks.
Red raspberry plant
Spearmint see peppermint (and other mints)
Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.
Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.
Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
Fennel Essence, Lavender Essence, Peppermint Essence.
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