Homeopathic Remedies for Overindulgence
Posted on 08 December 2016 by Leonie Satori
Love it or hate it, the festive season is just around the corner and with it comes generous portions of food, alcohol and festivities. Obviously, those strong enough to maintain a certain level of moderation can survive the festive season unscathed by the symptoms of overindulgence. If, however you find that your self control forfeits to your desires for that second or third serving of Christmas pudding or finishing the last drop of wine, the following homeopathic remedies can provide you with some symptomatic relief this season.
'Irritable' Nux Vomica
Nux vomica is first and foremost in any festive season first aid repertoire. One of the most widely used homeopathic remedies, nux vomica has a wide range of uses for the digestive tract, especially for symptoms associated with overindulgence in alcohol or food. General irritability is often associated with heartburn, nausea and gas, and nux vomica is your classic homeopathic remedy to use for the headache of a hangover. Nux vomica is also good for those who suffer from impatience and irritability and stress from overwork and symptoms are often worse in the morning. Digestive symptoms of overindulgence suited for nux vomica can often manifest as abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting, which is ameliorated by lying down and application of heat.
Sulphur is often indicated where there is overindulgence of foods or wrong food combinations. This medley of digestive imbalance will cause excessive heat in the body and early-morning diarrhoea. Occasionally associated with a beating, burning headache and a weak, faint feeling and understandably a desire for cold.
Lycopodium is a classic remedy for bloating and gas. Typical lycopodium symptoms include a bloated abdomen and a desire to loosen the discomfort of belts or restrictive clothing around the waist. People who would benefit from this remedy will tend to crave sweets and often feel full after eating only a small amount of food,however this may not stop them from eating.
Pulsatilla is great for those upset emotionally by their discomfort. A great remedy for stomach pains or heartburn after eating fatty foods, these symptoms are associated with a desire for sympathy and attention. Pulsatilla digestive symptoms can be accompanied by an aversion to stuffy rooms and a desire for fresh air.
Arsenicum is useful where digestive symptoms involve burning pains, a desire for small sips of water and feelings of overall chilliness. Anxiety may accompany symptoms. Arsenicum is also a useful remedy for traveller's diarrhoea, with associated nausea and is the primary remedy for use after the consumption of spoilt food. Symptoms of indigestion indicated for arsenicum are often worse from midnight.
So whether your symptoms of overindulgence are irritable, hot, windy, emotional or burning, you will have a remedy on hand to stay relatively comfortable this festive season. Each of these homeopathic remedies is available in our naturopathic dispensary in our health centre in Lismore.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her Naturopathic clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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