Vomiting


Vomiting is a forceful expulsion of stomach contents through an upward direction. Vomiting itself is not a condition. Chronic nausea and vomiting represent a diverse array of diseases which might be the causative factor.

Nausea is the preceding symptom of vomiting. It is the feeling that one is about to vomit but does not always end up in, vomiting. Antiemetic are the drugs used to suppress or stop nausea and vomiting. In the case of severity, where dehydration develops, intravenous fluid may be required. Self-induced vomiting can be a part of an eating disorder, Bulimia nervosa, where the individual throws up the food taken. 

Although Vomiting and Regurgitation are often used interchangeably, both convey a different meaning. Regurgitation implies the return of undigested food back up the esophagus to the mouth, without any force and displeasure associated with vomiting. Generally, the causes of vomiting and regurgitation vary.

What are the Causes of Nausea and Vomiting?

  • Overeating which leads to Indigestion
  • Food poisoning
  • A reaction to certain smells or odors
  • Head Injury
  • Early stages of pregnancy
  • Medication-induced vomiting – Antihypertensive, β-Blockers etc.
  • Emotional stress (such as fear)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Bulimia or other psychological illnesses
  • Ingestion of toxins 
  • Excess consumption of alcohol
  • Migraine
  • Motion sickness – nausea and vomiting associated with traveling
  • Consumption of too much alcohol
  • Kidney infections and kidney stones
  • Any blockage in your bowel, which may be caused due to obstruction, hernia and gallstones
  • Chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • An inflamed gallbladder (acute cholecystitis)
  • Motion sickness or seasickness

What Are the Symptoms of Vomiting?

  • Excessive Salivation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rapid pulse
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Confusion

Natural Home Remedies for Vomiting and Nausea

1.  BASIL LEAVES


  • An infusion of the basil leaves in boiling water arrests vomiting
2.  CLOVE


  • Clove is an excellent remedy for nausea and vomiting, especially caused by motion sickness. They contain eugenol, a compound which has antibacterial properties. It can be chewed and taken or boiled with water and taken. 
3.  LEMON JUICE


  • Lemon juice to be taken along with honey. The antioxidants present in Lemon juice helps to cleanse the stomach. Due to its rich vitamin C content, it can boost the immune system and reduce the stomach upset thereby reducing the symptoms.
4.  MINT LEAVES


  • Chew fresh mint leaves which eases vomiting.
  • Boil the dry mint leaves in the water and take, which helps in reducing vomiting.
5.  CINNAMON 


  • Cinnamon stick boiled with hot water and taken checks vomiting. 
  • Cinnamon is a very effective home remedy for the women who are in their first trimester suffering from morning sickness. 
6.  RICE WATER


  • Due to vomiting, the body will lose a lot of water content. To replenish the body with essential nutrients rice water helps well. The gastroprotective effect also contributes to resolving the stomach upset.
7.  ONION


  • Fresh juice extracted from onion mixed with honey helps to correct vomiting.