The stress of deadlines, tests, mental strain, parties, stimulants, sedatives, etc., can lower vitality, increase susceptibility, and lead to the many symptoms this comprehensive single can relieve, including: occasional sleeplessness, irritability; restless cold or flu with extreme chilliness, suffocating cough and fatigue; digestive complaints with heartburn, gas, vomiting and constipation from fatty food, alcohol, coffee, stress, stomach flu or tainted food; pains including pressing headaches, sore lower backaches, and heavy menstrual pains. Keeping an aggravated state from becoming angry or violent is a Nux trademark.
Some are born "Nux", some achieve "Nuxness" some have "Nux-ishness" thrust upon them.
Stress and excesses of work, fun, food, stimulants, anger, etc, can stimulate the symptoms this versatile remedy relieves. When too many deadlines, tests, projects, plans, medications, parties, become too much, we become susceptible to the physical, mental and emotional states that Nux is especially apt at addressing.
Typical adjectives for Nux individuals or states include: competitive, impatient, impulsive, ambitious, aggressive, fastidious, restless... You know the feeling when you have worked harder than anyone else, you know you are right and want to rage against all the red tape? That is typically the Nux moment. Some people are that dedicated or engaged all the time, others only feel it under stress.
Under stress, the Nux workaholic might form habits like drinking a pot of coffee to wake up, overeating during a sedentary day, then taking something to induce sleep, but the remedy can help us all unravel our nervous systems and change indulgent behavior. Helping an aggravated state from becoming an angry or violent state is a trademark of Nux.
Then there are the physical effects of stress that Nux can relieve. It aids very restless hay fever, cold and flu symptoms that may include extreme chilliness, bone, back and joint pain, headache, suffocating cough and fatigue. Extreme chilliness marks a Nux fever– drafts are unbearable. The cold may have burning mucus that blocks the nose at night and a rough sore throat that sends pain toward the ears on trying to swallow the lump in your throat. Minor ear pain that hurts on swallowing will often find relief in Nux, as well. The hay fever Nux applies to has these same common cold symptoms.
When the digestive system is stressed, Nux can relieve heartburn, indigestion, gas and constipation from too much fatty food, alcohol/hangovers, coffee, stimulants or other excesses. Car sickness with a faint feeling, stomach flu with bitter vomiting may need Nux, too.
Then there’s the pain. Nux specializes in pressing, tearing headaches that worsen at night or in the morning especially following mental strain, alcohol or occasional 3 a.m. sleeplessness. Nux also helps backache with pressing bruised pain in lower back and periods with heavy aching pain and lower back spasms.
Illness and fatigue bring out Nux’s most impatient, irritable and hypersensitive behaviors. Nux patients find relief in a nap, moist air and hot drinks, and aggravation in cold open air, tight clothes, stimulation and on waking early. Without Nux, the only alternative for such workaholics may be utter fatigue, which falls under Nux’s range of support as well.
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In The Complete Homeopathy Handbook, Miranda Castro describes Nux vomica children as full of contradictions: “They can be spiteful, stubborn and irritable on the one hand, and extremely sensitive and very easily offended on the other. As they grow up they become difficult and easily morose if things are not going their way.”
In Desktop Guide, Roger Morrison adds: “At school age, the child is extremely competitive about his grades and sports. He is a terrible loser. ... Jealousy of his other siblings or toward other gifted children at school is often a problem... Many Nux children exhibit strong fears, especially fear of the dark.”