What is Vomiting?

Vomiting is the involuntary action of the body to empty the contents of the stomach through the mouth. Vomit is made up of half-digested food from your stomach, stomach mucus, saliva, stomach acids and other chemicals that help you digest food. Bile is green in color – which is why vomit is usually yellowy green in color. Bile is not created in your stomach, it is created in the intestines - when an individual vomits the bile comes from further down in the digestive system. The nasty smell associated with vomiting can also be blamed on bile and stomach acids.

What Causes Vomiting?

Vomiting can occur as a result of ‘morning sickness’ in pregnancy, flu, motion sickness, infection, food poisoning, overindulgence, blocked intestine, illness, nervousness, anxiety, concussion or brain injury and migraines. Vomiting is usually preceded by queasiness in the stomach (nausea), a sensation of biliousness and stomach ache. Children most commonly suffer from ‘stomach flu’ that can also cause nausea and diarrhea.

It is recommended that if vomiting is prolonged and symptoms persist that you consult your doctor for further investigation. If children suffer with vomiting it is advised that extra precautions be taken as dehydration through loss of fluids is a high concern.

Help for Vomiting

Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to provide a stable foundation for queasy stomachs. Ginger has long been regarded as a gentle natural remedy for relieving the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, indigestion and flatulence.

Nat sulph is a homeopathic remedy used to help prevent nausea as well as calm and soothe the stomach and stabilize delicate constitutions – addressing waterbrash (excess salivation) as well as abdominal cramps and digestion problems experienced before and during episodes of vomiting. For children who experience vomiting - Chamomilla is a calming homeopathic remedy for the digestive system and is very effective for the irritable and upset child, soothing irritability and promoting a calm digestive system.

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