In Vomiting there is a forceful expulsion of contents of the stomach through the mouth or even sometimes through the nose. The feeling just before vomiting that one is going to vomit is called nausea which may or may not lead to actual vomiting. Vomiting can occur in men,women or childen and in all population. Vomiting can be short term and disappear quickly or it may be long term and recurring as in case of stomach cancer.

Symptoms of Vomiting

The symptoms of vomiting are:

  • Involuntary expulsion of food from mouth and nose
  • Increased saliva
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Difficulty in swallowing food or liquid
  • Changes in skin temperature
  • Increase in heartbeat rate
  • Increased sensitivity to certain smells
  • Changes in the taste of some foods

Causes of Vomiting

The main causes of vomiting include:

  • Gastroenteritis problem
  • Headache
  • Inner ear disturbance
  • Certain medical treatments
  • High levels of toxins in the blood
  • Hormonal changes
  • Diabetes
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gallstones
  • Overeating
  • Drinking excessive alcohol
  • Pregnancy
  • Migraine
  • Infections
  • Flu
  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach virus
  • Food poisoning
  • Intestinal obstructions
  • Chronic digestive conditions
  • Stomach cancer
  • Intestinal obstructions
  • Kidney failure
  • Cholera

Home Remedies for Vomiting

These home remedies prove to be very helpful in vomiting:

  • One of the effective ways to cure vomiting would be to have ginger tea. Make sure it has less amount of sugar.
  • Chilled lime juice also proves effective in treating vomiting. In a glass of cold water, squeeze 1 lime. Add sugar and salt to taste. Put in some ice, to chill it. Drink this mixture after every two hours.
  • If the vomiting is due to excess intake of alcohol, eat a slice or two of bread slowly, so that it soaks the liquid.
  • Do not eat any solid food until after 12 hours of vomiting. Instead, have loads of vegetable juices, water and other non-acid drinks. Then only, start having solid foods, such as mashed potatoes, rice and oatmeal.
  • On a non-stick pan, heat 2 cardamoms. Once heated, crush them to form a powder and add a tsp of honey to it. Have this several times a day.
  • Prepare a mixture by combining 1 tsp each of mint juice and lime juice, with 1/2 tsp ginger juice and a tsp honey. Have it 2-3 times in a day.
  • Boil a cup of water and add a tsp of cinnamon or one cinnamon stick to it. Steep it for sometime and strain the water. Now, add a tbsp of honey, for sweetening it. Have this decoction 2-3 times in a day.
  • Holy Basil, catnip and peach bark tea are helpful for treating vomiting. You can have them in any form you like.
  • A tsp of onion juice, taken after every two hours, proves beneficial in curing vomiting.
  • Mix ¼ tsp powdered ginger, 1 cup apple juice and ¼ cup water together. Blend the mixture well, until the ginger gets dissolved, and add enough ice to make it slushy.
  • Mix 1 tbsp each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of normal water and drink it before going to bed.
  • Put some cloves, cardamoms or a cinnamon stick in your mouth. This is an effective way to treat vomiting.
  • Cut a lemon into two halves. Sprinkle some rock salt on one of its piece. Lick this piece till all the juice runs out.
  • Boil ½ cup of rice in 1 to 1½ cup of water. When the rice gets cooked, strain the water and drink it. It will help cease vomiting.
  • In taking half a tsp of grounded cumin seeds, along with water, is helpful in stopping vomiting.
  • Avoid too much of oily, spicy food, heavy and indigestible food, when you are suffering from vomiting.

Vomiting Treatment and Advice

·         Take plenty of fluids to maintain adequate hydration.

·         Avoid irritating fluids (citrus juices, e.g., orange juice)

·         Rest, either sitting or laying down slightly propped up. Activity worsens nausea and vomiting.

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