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The plant Nux Vomica is used in humans to treat a variety of symptoms that relate to digestion and the central nervous system. Homeopathic practitioners have used the seeds of the poisonous strychnos nux vomica tree for hundreds of years. Now those in the herbal medicine field are now recognizing the potency of the medicine. Patients who use this medicine must balance a fine line between its safe and beneficial use and the dangers that come with overuse.

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1. Historical Use

The "vomiting nut" was used as long ago as the sixteenth century. Germans used it to treat diseases that were heretofore untreatable, including rabies, hysteria and the plague. A hundred years later, the nut found use in veterinary offices but wasn't often used on humans. Some historians believe that strychnine placed in his wine killed Alexander the Great.

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