Over Indulging!

With Christmas approaching fast, it’s this time of the year where we have a tendency to over indulge, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. This can lead to a state better known as hangover…

So, what is a Hangover?

Hangover refers to variety of unpleasant symptoms that follow an excess of alcohol consumption. The medical term for hangover is veisalgia. Depending on the excess intake the symptoms of hangover can range from a simple headache, to dizziness, nausea, vomiting, thirst, dry mouth, weakness, tremors, body aches, muscle cramps, abdominal pain, stomach irritation, diarrhoea, poor concentration, fuzzy cognition, poor visual spatial coordination, poor sleep, anxiety, irritability and in extreme cases hallucinations, shaking and sweating.

With the possible exception of stomach irritation, these symptoms are not caused by the alcohol per si, most of which has been already metabolized, but by the breakdown products resulting from alcohol metabolism such as acetaldehyde, and some of the other constituents (congeners) of alcoholic drinks which are toxic.

Therefore, symptoms appear mainly when the intoxicating effect of alcohol drops down to zero and they may last for up to 24 hours or more.

Benefits of Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic medicines are very effective in dealing with a hangover. Remedies of natural origin are used in Homeopathy to deal with hangover cases. Hence, homeopathic remedies natural, safe and free from side effects.

Recommended Homeopathic Medicines for Hangover

There are many remedies that apply to hangover, but the top most commonly used are Nux Vomica, Arsenic Album and Gelsemium. On this list, the Homeopathic medicine Nux Vomica ranks number one. The reason why it works most of the time is because Nux Vomica has a very clear aetiology/causation of overdoing/excess. Symptoms like headache, abdomen pain and diarrhoea resulting from drinking alcohol also point towards the use of Nux Vomica as one of the best Homeopathic medicines for hangover. 

Arsenic Album can also be a good choice for diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea resulting from alcohol consumption, but in here the person should feel an internal restlessness even if too weak to move. 

Gelsemium works well in hangover cases with marked dizziness and vertigo.

Of course, the best attitude is prevention. You can still enjoy your drinks without having to get over the top. Nevertheless, because accidents happen and different people have different sensitivities, the Homeopathy comes to the rescue!!!!

About the Author



Education Personal Accreditations: 

• BSc – Food Engineering, 1989 – Porto University, Portugal (High Class Honors) 

• MSc – Food Microbiology, 1991 – University of Reading in the UK 

• PhD – Applied Microbiology, 1997 – King’s College, London 

• DIHom(Pract) – Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine, Practitioner Level British Institute of Homeopathy 

• FBIH – Fellowship for life, British Institute of Homeopathy

• RSHom – Member of The Society of Homeopaths 

As a homeopath, my ultimate goal is to help you live to your fullest capacity, where the entire spiritual, mental, emotional, social and physical being is restored to the natural state it was created in. Do get in touch when ready to begin your healing journey.

Website: www.alexcmelo.com

Email: alex_homeopathy@yahoo.com

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