What is Vomiting?
Vomiting is a forceful act of ejecting or throwing out the unwanted and irritable mater from the stomach. It is often accompanied by a disgusting sound. Vomiting is often preceded by nausea. Nausea is a condition where there is an urge to vomit. On the other hand, vomiting is a condition in which the contents of the stomach are actually forced out of the body through mouth. More often than not, vomiting is considered as symptom of an underlying disease rather than being disease itself. The condition of vomiting is common in children mostly due to viral gastro intestinal infection, intestinal obstruction, fever, milk allergy, overeating, food allergies and other such causes. Generally speaking, vomiting can be triggered by particular smells, taste, injury, dizziness, infection, intense pain, stress or fear and other more specific causes. A number of natural home remedies for vomiting give immediate relief to the sufferer.
Causes of Vomiting
Some people are found to vomit as a side effect of anesthesia. Strong painkillers and medicines administered during chemotherapy are also known to cause vomiting. Hangover due to liquor, wine or other alcoholic beverages causes vomiting. During pregnancy, women often vomit because of morning sickness. To avoid this, they can eat some crackers before getting out of bed or they can have snacks that are high in protein content (like cheese) before going to bed.
Motion sickness in the form of car sickness or sea sickness causes uneasiness and vomiting in some people. Vertigo, brain infections, brain injuries, brain tumor, migraine, hydrocephalus (a condition in which there is an excess of fluid in the brain) and other serious brain related problems lead to vomiting. Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, gallbladder diseases, kidney diseases, infection or irritation in intestines, peptic ulcers, food poisoning, GERD (Gastro Esophageal reflux disease) stomach flu, gastro paresis, esophagitis, appendicitis and other related problems induce vomiting. At times, heat related illness like extreme sunburn, dehydration or heat exhaustion trigger vomiting.
Symptoms of Vomiting
Vomiting includes symptoms like diarrhea, flu symptoms, nausea, headache, symptoms of heartburn and other symptoms depending on the disease which is causing vomiting. Before vomiting the sufferer might feel dizzy or lightheaded. In addition to this, there might be an elevation in the heart rate or a change in the body temperature.
Natural Home Remedies for Vomiting
Opting for natural home remedies for vomiting offers a more holistic approach in the treatment as compared to the treatment through conventional medicines. Some of these remedies are:
• Drinking small amounts of sweet fruit juices during nausea can prevent vomiting.
• Taking a mixture of one teaspoon of mint juice, half a teaspoon of ginger juice, one teaspoon of lime juice and one teaspoon of honey is a source of great relief when it comes to vomiting.
• Ginger tea without sugar is an age old natural home remedy for vomiting.
• Prepare a mixture by adding honey and a powder of two roasted cardamoms. Eating this mixture two to three times a day solves the problem of vomiting.
• Taking one teaspoon of onion juice at regular intervals reduces vomiting.
• Taking a glass of chilled lime juice is a safe bet when it comes to getting rid of vomiting. For this, take a glass of cold water and add some lime juice, sugar and salt and drink this mixture in every two hours.
• Smelling an orange peel helps stop vomiting.
• Take a glass of water and add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and an equal amount of honey. Having this before going to bed is an effective cure for those who suffer from the problem of vomiting on a regular basis.
• Half a teaspoon of grounded cumin seeds taken in water prevents vomiting.
• Peach bark tree, holy basil and catnip are found to be beneficial in treating this problem.
• Licking a piece of lemon with rock salt sprinkled on it acts as an effective control mechanism against vomiting.
• Cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom act as anti vomiting drugs.
• Boil half cup of rice in one or one and a half cup of water. Filter and drink the residual water; acts as an effective cure.
Diet for Vomiting
Vomiting leads to loss of water and other body fluids. To cover up for this loss, one should drink water in moderate quantities from time to time. Natural home remedies for vomiting promote the inclusion of steamed vegetables and vegetable soups in the diet to ease vomiting. In this regard, light soups should be preferred over heavily charged stews from the point of view of digestion. Apple juice, bilberry juice and other similar sweet juices should be taken. Acid juices like orange or tomato juice add to the inconvenience caused by vomiting and worsen the situation.
A diet consisting of rice, bananas, ginger and oats go a long way in dealing with the problem of vomiting. Salad fruits, low fat cheese and yogurt, fruit jelly, fruit creams can be safely consumed by a vomiting stomach. It is best to avoid coffee and alcoholic beverages while suffering from vomiting. Foods with strong spices and high fat content should also be avoided. Vomiting makes the body lactose intolerant for some time. Therefore, one should stay away from milk and milk products for a couple of days.