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Myristica fragrans syn. Nux moschata
Key Uses:Chronic constipation with fullness and bloating in the abdomenConfusion, dizziness, and faintingDry tongue that sticks to the roof of the mouthGreat drowsinessLoss of coordinationUnquenchable thirst
Origin : Native to the Molucca Islands of Indonesia, but now widely cultivated.
Background : Although best known now as a culinary spice, nutmeg has long been used medicinally by several cultures, although only in low doses.
Preparation : The whole, fresh or dried nutmegs are treated with lime before being macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Overexcited, exaggerated senses are typical in those who respond best to Nux mosch., as are rapidly alternating emotions, such as laughing and crying in turn. They may feel as if they have two heads, or as if one part of them is able to watch another part. These people have a sense of detachment from ordinary life, feeling as if they are wrapped in cotton wool.
The classic symptom picture for Nux mosch. is of confusion, dizziness, fainting, loss of coordination, and great, even overwhelming, drowsiness. Extreme “dryness” in the digestive system may be treated by the remedy, especially if there is the classic drowsiness. Symptoms typically include chronic constipation with fullness and bloating in the abdomen, and a tongue so dry that it sticks to the roof of the mouth.
Symptoms Better : For warmth and heat; for open air.
Symptoms Worse : For cold weather; for emotional stress and shock; for pregnancy.