May 3, 2016

Nux Vomica

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What other names is Nux Vomica known by?

Brechnusssamen, Kuchla, Kupilu, Noix Vomique, Nuez Vomica, Nux Vom, Poison Nut, Quaker Buttons, Shudha Kupilu, Strychni Semen, Strychnos Seed, Strychnos nux-vomica, Vishamushti, Vomiquier.

What is Nux Vomica?

Nux vomica is a plant. The seed is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, nux vomica is used for diseases of the digestive tract, disorders of the heart and circulatory system, diseases of the eye, and lung disease. It is also used for nerve conditions, depression, migraine headache, symptoms of menopause, and a blood vessel disorder called Raynaud's disease.

Other uses include treatment of "tired blood" (anemia), as a tonic, and as an appetite stimulant.

Men use nux vomica for erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence).

In manufacturing, nux vomica is used as rat poison. That's because it contains strychnine and brucine, two deadly chemicals.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence).
  • Diseases of the stomach and intestines.
  • Heart and blood system disorders.
  • "Tired blood" (anemia).
  • Diseases of the eye.
  • Nerve disorders.
  • Depression.
  • Migraine.
  • Lung disease.
  • Stimulating the appetite.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of nux vomica for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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