“Warning!! The consumption of alcohol beverages can lead to headache, nausea and vomiting.” This advice is about as useless as being told that a packet of cashews ‘contains nuts’. We’ve all over indulged at one time or another. So what to do when you’ve woken up with your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth, your head is pounding and you’re convinced if you move, you might hurl?
Homeopathy is an excellent natural alternative to help speed up the recovery process, especially if you ‘accidentally’ indulged on a weekday and now have a bunch of meetings, emails and colleagues to get through.
Nux Vomica is the first remedy to think of with a hangover headache, but it is also excellent for headaches from overwork, indigestion headaches and headaches accompanying constipation. Use it when your headache is worse when you cough or bend down, and headaches that feel worse when you move your eyes. If you have overeaten and drunk too much alcohol, you may also feel nauseous and want to vomit to make yourself feel better but find you can’t. If this describes your symptoms then Nux Vomica is the remedy for you. When you are hungover you are likely to feel irritable and grouchy (surprise, surprise!) You may also be hypersensitive to noise, light and odours.
If this sounds familiar take Nux Vomica 30c half hourly until the symptoms start to improve. If you have pillules drop them into a glass of water, stir it and take a generous sip each dose until you are feeling better. If you have your Nux Vomica in a liquid form, put a few drops into a glass of water and stir and take it as above.
As with all homeopathic dosing, it is important to stop taking the remedy as soon as an improvement is noted.
Remedies can usually be purchased in larger pharmacies such as Boots and cost between £5-6 each. Alternatively they can be ordered from a Homeopathic Pharmacy such as Ainsworth, Helios or Nelsons.
Hydration is very important as dehydration causes a lot of your symptoms. Alcohol effectively turns off a hormone that helps the body retain water. Drink 2 to 3 large glasses of water before getting into bed or better still stop drinking alcohol an hour before the end of the evening and move onto water to get your hydration levels up. Alternatively drink a soft drink between each alcoholic drink during your evening as your liver can only cope effectively with one drink an hour.
Overeating can really disturb your sleep won't help your hangover in the morning. If you have eaten a large meal and wake in the middle of the night feeling bilious and vaguely nauseous, then take a single drop or pillule of Nux Vomica before lying down for sleep. If you have eaten a lot of rich, fatty food and your stomach feels weighed down, then take Pulsatilla30c instead before sleep.
Indigestion can really add to your problems. Ginger tea made from fresh ginger slices steeped in hot water can help. Peppermint tea is also very helpful.
Nutrients are used up when the body processes alcohol. Vitamin B3 is particularly important as it helps to transport alcohol out of the body. Take a multi-vitamin B supplement before going out as well as a zinc and vitamin C supplement. These will all help you to fight the effects of alcohol consumption. If you would like to support your liver function, the herb Milk Thistle, makes liver cells less permeable to alcohol, and helps to prevent damage and so can be taken in preparation for a big night.
All these things will help your hangover suffering but the most effective one of all is Nux Vomica. As it is always best to be prepared, buy some in advance and enjoy indulgences with the smug satisfaction that comes from knowing something that other people have yet to find out…or if you’re feeling nice, you could let them know too!