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Nux Vomica - Generalities symptoms - T.F. Allen

Poison-nut, Nux, Nux vom, Colubrina, Nux-v.

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HPUS indication of Nux Vomica: Vomiting

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Nux Vomica in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Unusual stretching of the limbs and yawning, in the morning, and after stretching as spasmodic pain, especially in the knees,

She feels very weary on rising, in the morning, after a good sleep; the lower extremities (and arms) are sore, as if she had slept upon a hard bed; (she was again invigorated after sitting quietly for half an hour),

She was very much fatigued in the morning, on rising, after sound sleep; the arms (and lower extremities) were sore, as if she had slept upon a hard bed (again invigorated after sitting quietly for half an hour),

Very sad and unusually weary, after walking in the open air,



A long-continued attack of yawning, followed by great weakness (after one hour),

Yawning, in the morning, immediately after rising (after sixteen hours),

She was constantly yawning and sleepy, during the day, so that she was unable to be wide awake,

Yawning, that causes cough,

Much yawning and stretching, in the afternoon,

Sleepiness (after one hour),

Almost irresistible sleepiness, for several hours after eating (after five hours),

Unusual sleepiness during the day, as from stupefaction of the head,

Very pleasant, almost overpowering, sleep, late in the morning (after twenty hours),

Sleepiness, till midnight, with a sensation of heat, without thirst (after twelve hours),

Great sleepiness, in the evening, with yawning, two hours before bedtime; in the bed he immediately fell asleep; woke, after midnight, for a long time, then slept till late in the morning, with vivid dreams full of the events of the previous day; in the morning he did not wish to rise,

(He slept well), (first night),

Difficult waking, in the morning,

Great aversion to rising, in the morning, without knowing why (after twelve hours),

Inclination to lie down again, in the morning,

Inclined to lie down, in the forenoon,

Inclination to sleep, before dinner, about 11 A.M.,


Delirious; frightful ravings at night,

Starting up in fright, on falling asleep,

Starts up in fright from sleep, so that he does not wake to complete consciousness,

Starting from sleep at night, and during the day while awake,

(He sprang from bed delirious, during the evening nap),

Affright, and jerking through the whole body, like an electric shock, in the afternoon nap, as if he would fall to the ground,

He dreams and talks aloud, in the midday nap,

Unintelligible prattling at times in a morose or complaining tone, in sleep, before midnight,

Anxious whining prattling, in sleep, very early in the morning (in the fourth hour), followed by the emission of flatus (after ten hours),

He woke in fright at the slightest noise,

Waking early, at night, with apprehension,

Waking, at night, from horrible dreams (after ten hours),

Sobbing moaning in sleep,

Uneasiness and anxiety, in the evening, after lying down, so that he was constantly obliged to stretch out the limbs (after eight hours),

Uneasiness in the arms, at night, which at one time he wishes to cover, at another to uncover,

Uneasiness in all the limbs, before midnight, and an almost voluptuous, agreeable, but intolerable sensation that prevents falling asleep, that always wakes him if he tries to fall asleep, and compels him to alternately draw up and stretch out the legs,

Very great uneasiness, at night, without pain (after twelve hours),

*He lies, at night, on the back, with one or both arms stretched above the head; talks in sleep, and wakes, after midnight, between 2 and 3 o'clock,

He lies on the back, during sleep, with head bent backward, the arms above the head, so that the hands lie on the nape of the neck,

He always seeks to lie on the back, during sleep, especially to lie with the head low (after thirty-six hours),

He lies mostly on the back, during sleep, with one or the other arm under the head,

Snoring inspiration in sleep, before midnight, as if the posterior nares or palate were constricted and drawn together,

Loud snoring respiration, in sleep, before midnight,

The patient sleeps little and uneasily at night,

Sleep agitated, and attended with convulsive movements from time to time (third day),

Sleep restless and full of care,

The night seemed too long and wearisome, with a kind of stupid slumber (coma), with dreams full of strife and excitement,

He falls asleep late in the evening, kept awake by many conflicting ideas,

Slept after taking, but not very soundly, for an hour and a half, his rest interrupted by dreams, some of which were of a delightful description,

Sleepiness, only in the morning, after daybreak,

He is able to sleep only from 11 to 1, and is obliged to rise as early as 3 o'clock,

She was unable to sleep at night, or if she slumbered a little she had frightful dreams, from which she woke to remain awake for hours, and if she could fall asleep she had other frightful dreams, and after waking knew what she had dreamed,

He woke frequently at night, and could not easily sleep again; when he slept he had very vivid dreams,

Falling asleep late in the evening (after two hours),

Complained of its bitterness, slept about five minutes, and then awoke, crying "I am burning,"


Frightful images, causing fear, in a dream,

Dreams that he is very much engaged in absorbing occupations,

Dream that all the teeth fell from the mouth,

Dreams that teeth are falling out,

Dreams that the filling of the teeth is falling out,

Dreams of sick or mutilated people,

Indifference in a dream of horrible mutilations and lacerations (after six hours),

Dreams, causing terror (as, for example, of wild beasts),

Disagreeable dreams of things that happened or were talked about the day before,

Dream of lice and vermin,

Half-waking dream, at night, accompanied by fatiguing thought (after a few hours),

Very anxious dreams and weeping, in sleep,

Sad fantasies while half awake, at night, as, for example, of the heads of deceased acquaintances without bodies,


Violent convulsions,

Convulsions, which ceased for a time, and then reappeared, and presented especially, first nervous excitement, and then violent spasmodic contraction of the jaws, with grinding of the teeth, bending backwards of the head, rigidity of the trunk, forcible extension and inversion of the feet, and subsultus of the muscles of the calves of the legs (after five minutes),


Convulsions, with red face and closed eyes,

Convulsions, with violent movements of the limbs; distension of the epigastric region; staring shining eyes,

Convulsions came on, beginning with slight twitches in the muscles of the lower extremities (after half an hour); violent convulsions every few minutes (after one hour),

The symptoms in both were exactly similar. As the convulsions came on, the heads were drawn back, there was a spasmodic clenching of the teeth, the heels fixed to the ground, and the eyes as if protruding from their sockets, and both, curiously enough, kept exclaiming, "Hold me! hold me!" although there was a person on either side of each. Dr. T. afterwards told me "that if I had set fire to a bundle of straw under him, he did not think he could have moved," although at the same time he kept crying, "Hold me!"

The slightest touch renewed the convulsions,


Profuse perspiration (after three-quarters of an hour),

Abundant sweat,

Copious perspiration, during and after great anxiety,


Patient bathed in perspiration,

Frequent attacks of perspiration, followed by dry heat,

Perspiration, especially upon the upper parts of the body, in the morning, while waking and sleeping, followed by drawing pain in the left side (after sixteen hours),

Slight general perspiration of the odor of musty straw (though not on the face), at night and in the morning,

Broke out over the whole body with profuse warm sweat, while the lower extremities were moist, cold, and rigid; this perspiration was so profuse that his shirt had to be changed; he was constantly bathed in perspiration,

Perspiration, especially below the nose, on the forehead (scalp) nape of the neck, throat, pit of the stomach, and between the thighs, with an anxious sensation of heat and dryness of the tip of the tongue, anterior part of the palate and lips, without desire for drink, very early in the morning (during the third hour),

General sweat, with internal heat of the face and head, without thirst, in the morning, on waking,

Sweat for two days (after sixteen hours),

While eating he perspires on the forehead and scalp (after two hours),

Clammy sweat on the forehead, while walking in the open air,

Sweat on the diseased side of the face, with one-sided headache,

Perspiration on one side of the head, scalp, and face (after ten hours),

Face covered with profuse sweat,

Offensive perspiration on the side,

Profuse perspiration on the inner surface of the hands, on walking in the open air,

Cool perspiration on the inner surface of the hands,

Perspiration on the inner surface of the hands,

Sweat on the thighs and calves, after midnight,

Sweat, in the morning,

Profuse general perspiration, in the morning (though not on the head or face), while in bed, after waking (after three days),

She began to perspire about 5 A.M., after waking, for several mornings,

Offensive perspiration all night,

Nightly perspiration of a sour odor,

(Slight perspiration, while lying in bed and on walking rapidly),

Sweat, after midnight,

Sweat during sleep, after 2 A.M.; but while awake, from time to time, only slight perspiration all over,

(Perspiration in the house, disappearing in the open air), (after seventy-two hours),

Perspiration, on moving about the room,

Cold perspiration,

Offensive perspiration,

All the pains are relieved by cold perspiration,

Perspired between the spasms,


Lying on her back,

While looking at a vexatious object beating, immediately in the lower extremities; the whole body then becomes affected and she almost loses consciousness for an hour,

Found extended rigidly along the floor,

The rigidity of the jaw and of the limbs indicated the nature of the poison (after half an hour),

Loud involuntary cries,

Frightful tortures (after half an hour),

Complete trismus and tetanus; the jaws were tightly clenched, and the lower jaw moved spasmodically from side to side; the arms were cramped towards the chest; the thighs drawn up against the abdomen; the fingers and toes flexed, with whining and groaning; loss of voice; anaesthesia of the skin, and no pain,

Every two or three minutes she was shaken by a convulsive spasm, but it was only momentary,

The whole body was seized with symptoms of complete and violent tetanus; the jaws being firmly locked and the limbs rigidly extended; aggravated at intervals by violent convulsive movements,

A tetanic paroxysm came on suddenly; the man was thrown into a state of opisthotonos; all his muscles becoming rigid, and respiration for the time suspended. The fit lasted about half a minute, when the muscles became relaxed, and he was again able to answer questions (after nearly one hour),

She had violent spasmodic contractions of the voluntary muscles, but more especially of the limbs, with extreme pain in all the parts affected. The spasm was at times continued during three or four minutes, and then succeeded by some quick change of position or long succession of convulsive motions. The muscles of the back were so much affected by spasm as almost to render it a case of opisthotonos. Finding it impossible to retain her in her chair, she was place upon a bed and preserved in that position from local injury,

Convulsive attacks, lasting from one to two minutes, in which all the muscles became extremely rigid; jaws tightly closed; patient very restless, with short cries,

Convulsive tossing about of the arms; bending backward of the head; biting the teeth tightly together; the hands were tightly doubled up,

After two hours he suddenly became rigid and lifeless; the toes and feet turned outward; eyes open and staring; jaws tightly closed,

Rigidity of the muscles of the whole body, as in catalepsy (one of the persons fell suddenly to the ground while conscious); tetanic closure of the jaws,

Tetanic rigidity, with violent, frequently repeated involuntary shuddering of the trunk and extremities,

Frequently recurring tonic spasms, drawing the body backward, lasting a minute,

Stretched on back, frame shaken by frequent convulsive spasms; limbs rigidly extended, and head slightly bent backwards; the slightest touch brought on a spasm,

Arms spasmodically flexed on the elbows; fingers tightly clenched, violently pressed against the pit of the stomach; the abdominal muscles spasmodically contracted, so that the abdomen felt stony hard,

Head drawn backward, the mouth wide open (opisthotonos alternating with trismus); the tongue was then protruded from the mouth, and was frequently injured by the sudden closure of the jaws,

Shortly afterwards they partook of their tea, and felt no ill effects for rather more than forty minutes. Dr. T. then rose from his chair to go into the garden, and proceeded as far as his parlor door when he felt the first symptoms, and exclaimed, "Hold me! hold me!" Mrs. T. sprung from her seat and ran to his assistance, but before she got to him, she also, as she afterwards termed it, "was fixed." The symptoms were most violent. Dr. T. in convulsive agonies, but perfectly calm and collected. They were both, as it were, fixed to the chairs in which they sat.

An attack in the evening; it rose to the heart; he became sick and apprehensive trembled; was obliged to bend the head forward and rest it upon a table (after four days),

An attack after midnight; crawling in the hands and feet, rising with heat into the face, to the heart (in the pit of the stomach) like a burning and pressure there, then rising into the throat; she then became nauseated and apprehensive; thence it rose into the head, with dulness in the head and ringing in the ears,

A sudden attack soon after dinner; paleness of the face; nausea rising up from the pit of the stomach; he became anxious all over, with trembling and fine beating over the whole body, and increasing weakness, so that he was obliged to lie down (after eight days),

Sudden attack; the body became spasmodically drawn sideways, with ineffectual efforts to hold himself erect with the hands; followed by vomiting and involuntary discharge of stool and urine, with perfect consciousness,

Spasmodic motions,

Slight twitching of muscles,

Between the paroxysms the patient was able to answer correctly,

Very frequent stretching, that seems to relieve,

Stretching, with the arms stretched upward; it seems to start from the abdomen, in the morning in bed,


Great excitement, with trembling of the bowels and nerves generally,

Trembling of the whole body; she could not remain for a moment sitting still; it seemed as though she had received an electric shock; was constantly obliged to rise and walk about,

Trembling of the bowels and nerves generally, with great excitement,

Trembling (after two hours),

She came all over in a tremble, then went into a kind of swoon, in which she remained for three-quarters of an hour, having no recollection whatever of it when it awoke; she was quite insensible and looked wild and staring (after five to six days),

Debility and Faintness.

Great weariness of the whole body, while walking in the open air (after twenty-eight hours),

Great weariness,

The morning walk, in the open air, caused extreme weariness,

Great weakness, after being in the open air, and a sensation as if the left foot were stiff (after six hours),

Great weakness, with loss of appetite, in the afternoon,

Greater weariness in the morning after rising than in the evening, on going to bed,

Weariness on the slightest motion,

She allows things that she holds in her hands to drop involuntarily,

She was quite weak after every stool, during the menses,

Great exhaustion (second day),

Exhaustion, after walking in the open air, in the evening,

Exhaustion, in evening; the next day, although still feeble, she could walk from home,

When walking in the open air, at first sleepiness, afterwards palpitation and great anxiety, with swelling of the veins on the hands, without heat (after thirty-six hours),

He is awkward and clumsy; he stumbles easily or upsets things (after ten hours),

Tottering gait, with dread of falling,

Greatly agitated, and on moving he grasped firmly the nearest object for fear of falling (after three-quarters of an hour),

Great inclination to sit (after six hours),

Inclined to lie down; he was unable to keep up,

Sudden sinking of the strength,

General debility,

She became emaciated,


Attacks of fainting while sitting, about 8 or 9 P.M.,

Sickness (after half an hour),

Does not feel quite well in the morning, in bed; he dreads to rise, as if exhausted by a long walk; it disappears after rising,

In the morning, in the open air, all at once the eyes became staring; there was loss of consciousness and a sensation of fainting, but only for a moment,


She is painfully sensitive and intolerant of the lightest step or jar of the floor,

Everything makes too strong an impression upon him,

Increased sensibility,

The slightest touch of the hand immediately brought on spasms,

Feelings so morbidly acute that the slightest touch appeared to aggravate his sufferings,

Takes cold in the slightest draft (a disagreeable sensation in the skin, colic, etc.), (after a few hours),

He dreads to go into the open air (after half an hour),

Falling asleep and insensibility (numbness) of almost all parts of the body,

General Sensations.

Violent contractive painful sensation through the whole body,

General bruised sensation,

Stiffness of almost all parts of the body,

Sensation in the muscles of the limbs, scapulae, etc., as if something in them were drawn back and forth; more spasmodic than painful,

Tremulous sensation over the whole body, in the morning,

The whole body feels electrified,

Pain, at first in the nape of the neck, that then extends into the wrists, on walking in the open air; a paralytic pain, as from weakness; he had not the power to grasp anything properly; disappearing in the evening, on lying down in bed,

Pain in all parts of the body upon which he was lying, during the morning sweat,

The pains of the voluntary muscles, especially of the neck and limbs, remain, and are greatly increased by attempts at motion (second day),

Fine burning sticking here and there in the body,

(The pains became intolerable from 8 to 9 P.M.),

Old wounds that had healed pained anew, as if sore (immediately),

Stitches, like jerking, in various parts, that cause shuddering of the whole body; they shoot simultaneously through the whole body (after four hours),

Burning sticking, or stitches here and there, that end in burning,

Some stitches, from time to time, in affected part,

Some coarse stitches, associated with sore pain, here and there in the body,

A sudden sensation, as of paralytic loss of power, in all the limbs, even while sitting, though most on motion (after one hour),

Extremely oppressed sensation in the whole body, and painful in the legs, as if she had taken a long journey on foot,

Complained of inexpressible oppression, that seemed to distress him, and from which he wished to be relieved,

A mounting to the head, on walking rapidly in the open air; thought seemed to vanish; she was obliged to stand still; the blood rushed to the heart; the upper part of the trachea became constricted; sparks of fire played before the eyes; she could not see where she was,

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