Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Strychnos Nux Vomica
General description and domicile:
Native to India the poison nut tree is a fair sized tree with a thick trunk. The
timber from the tree is very hard and durable and does not contain strychnine.
It is an evergreen tree with smooth, deep green oval leaves about four inches
Leaves, bark and seeds contain strychnine, a virulent poison. Strychnine is
mostly extracted from the disc-like seeds after drying.
Strychnine acts on the nervous system causing violent convulsions of the face
(fixed in a rigid death-grin), severe non relaxing spasms of the abdominal (and
other) which arrests breathing with death following soon.
Warning: Extreme care must be taken when handling this
plant as very little contact with Strychnine can be fatal.
Part used and extraction:
The dried seeds are used.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
The poison nut tree was introduced into Europe in the 15th century and it
was not long before its poisonous properties were used but it took a further 200
years before the stimulating and digestive properties of small doses were
discovered. However this was soon discontinued as far too many died from this
The homeopathic remedy was proved by Hahnemann.
How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must
be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before
treatment can be commenced. See
How to Use
Nux Vomica people a driven, ambitious and aggressive. They are often
ruthless and tend to head towards managerial or commercial roles. They do not
accept criticism but are quick to criticize others. They work hard, play hard
and typically have a high sex drive. They are impatient and impulsive with
excessive appetites for everything.
When ill they are totally intolerant of others, demanding, tense and
self-pitying, feeling that life is leaving them behind.
They hate being out in the cold and are very susceptible to colds and flu's.
Their indulgent nature when it comes to all substances leaves little room for
being sick seeing that their bodies are already struggling to cope.
Irritable, always right, dismissive of others, ambitious, workaholics,
susceptible to colds, indulges in food and drink, dislike for cold places.
Used for treatment of:
Headaches (due to tension)
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Outdoors at night
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Being left alone
See also our
Herbal page on Nux Vomica.
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