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Here's news for those of you who believe in curing a hangover with the proverbial raw egg in a pot of coffee. A hangover from alcohol (especially from beer) can be relieved as if by magic with Nux vomica.

Nux vomica is used in gastric conditions in general; it relieves the pains and bloating from overeating, especially from fatty and rich foods or to much coffee. It's the perfect remedy for the sedentary business person, plagued by constipation, gas and burping, and craving stimulants like coffee and alcohol. It will relieve indigestion with a feeling "as if there is a weight in the stomach" about one to two hours after eating. It will also relieve constipation with the typical ineffective urging: the person keeps trying to defecate, always feeling that there is more to come out. I have seen nothing better for the constipation of a newborn baby. People who have longterm constipation after taking too many laxatives can be helped by Nux vomica, although they should do so under the care of a homeopthic physician.

Nux vomica is also a major remedy for alcoholics, as well as for hayfever attacks with spasmodic sneezing in the morning upon awakening (with the nose stopped up at night and runny in the day).

Another great situation for Nux vomica is insomnia due to stress at work: the person takes his problems to bed and typically awakens at 3a.m. tossing and turning, thinking about what he did yesterday and what he has to do tomorrow. Of course he feels unrefreshed and groggy ("as if he has a hangover") upon awakening. Only a cup of coffee seems to get him going, but this leads to a vicious cycle requiring more and more coffee.