Nux moschata, popularly known as nutmeg, is an herbal remedy used in homeopathic medicine.
It has commonly been used to treat dry mouth, menstrual problems, and digestive issues. Some people have used this herb to combat sleepiness. Both nutmeg essential oils and ground nutmeg seeds may provide health benefits when used in moderation.
As aforementioned, nutmeg has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes. In fact, the seed of the nutmeg tree has been used extensively since 540 AD around the time when it was carried from India and introduced in Constantinople. In the early days, people used nutmeg powder as a cosmetic to get rid of blotches and facial stains. However, the Persian philosopher and scientist Avicenna was the first to refer to the medicinal use of nutmeg. He described nutmeg as the ‘nut of Banda’. In the early days, people used the nutmeg to treat headaches, stomach disorders and also to alleviate flatulence. In addition, medications prepared with nutmeg were also used internally to treat mood swings. The essential oil extracted from nutmeg is effective for treating rheumatic pains.
Homeopathic physicians often prescribe nux mosch. for treating various mental conditions, such has hysteria and disorders of the nervous system. In addition, this homeopathic medicine is also useful for treating digestive problems, especially those related to flatulence, bloating in the stomach and constipation. In homeopathy, nux mosch. is especially useful in treating gastritis or inflammation of the stomach lining. It may be noted that people who require this homeopathic remedy often feel very dehydrated, but are not that thirsty. As discussed earlier, nux mosch. is also an effective remedy for hallucinogenic symptoms (conditions related to mood) which may often be a result of using nutmeg in large doses. Precisely speaking, this is an ideal homeopathic medication for treating conditions such as, fainting, dizziness and absence of harmonization. These symptoms are generally associated with conditions like epilepsy and stroke.
The FDA does prohibit all supplement makers from stating that any untested supplement can cure or treat any disease. Users should talk to their doctors regarding any possible drug interactions when using nux moschata and other homeopathy supplements. It has been reported that pregnant and nursing women should avoid high doses of nutmeg.
- Please consult your doctor.
Source: Herbs2000, http://www.herbs2000.com/homeopathy/nux_mosch.htm