Nausea and vomiting have numerous possible causes, including excess acid secretion, toxins in the liver, pregnancy, and worms in the colon, food poisoning, and flu.
In the event of food poisoning or excess acid secretion in the stomach, vomiting occurs as a protective response of the body to get rid of toxins. With flu also, excess bile may build up in the stomach, and vomiting occurs to cast it out. In such cases vomiting is a sign of health, of the body taking care of itself.
But when vomiting becomes persistent, it may lead to dehydration or other problems and it has to be stopped. Morning sickness for example, may adversely affect the flow or nutrition going to the fetus.
Ayurveda recommends quite a few effective ways to relieve nausea and put a stop to vomiting.
Nausea and vomiting indicate high pitta in the stomach, with increased acid secretion irritating the gastric mucous membrane. Therefore, it is good to follow a pitta-soothing diet, especially abstaining from hot, spicy food or fermented food.
Fasting gives a healing rest to the digestive system. Don't eat for a day? and drink t cup of sweet fresh pineapple juice with a pinch of ginger, a pinch of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon organic sugar. Take this 3 times during the day.
Alternatively, you can drink cranberry juice or pomegranate juice on your fast.
Here are eight simple and effective sug?gestions to help you soothe nausea and vomiting:
Most people find vomiting a rather unpleasant experience, but there are times when one might want to induce vomiting. When someone has a flu or a bad cold, excess kapha may build up and the person suffers from persistent headache, congestion, and coughing. Mother Nature may bring on vomiting to remove the kapha, but if that doesn't happen, Ayurveda suggests taking matters into your own hands.
Drink a glass of water with 1/4 tea?spoon salt dissolved in it. The salty water itself is emetic (provokes vom?iting), but you can also rub the back of the tongue to stimulate the "gag" reflex and vomit out the water. The moment vomiting occurs, fever will generally come down, the headache will disappear, congestion in the chest will be greatly relieved, and you will feel much better.
Try giving the child some coconut water. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to a cup of coconut water (thenatural juice inside a fresh coconut), and have the child take a sip every 15 minutes or so to settle the stomach.
Nausea and vomiting may also be a sign of worms. If a person has a history of passing worms in the stool and gets repeated attacks of nausea and vomiting, use the following strategy:
Nausea and vomit?ing may be a sign that there are excess toxins in the liver. To detoxify the liver, the follow?ing formula is effective:
Take this mixture 2 or 3 times a day with water to relieve nausea and vomiting.