Before vomiting usually one will feel nauseous. Nausea is an unpleasant wavelike feeling in the back of the throat and/or stomach that may or may not result in vomiting. Vomiting is the forceful elimination of the contents of the stomach through the mouth. Retching is the movement of the stomach and esophagus without vomiting and is also called “dry heaves.” Even though treatments have improved, nausea and vomiting continue to be worrisome side effects. Nausea is sometimes far more distressing for people than vomiting.
- Increased saliva
- Difficulty in swallowing food or liquid
- Changes in skin temperature
- Increase in heartbeat rate
Some of the common causes of vomiting are:
- Drinking excessive alcohol
- A migraine
- Stomach upset
- Stomach virus
- Food poisoning
- Accidental poisoning
- Acute gastritis
- Intestinal obstructions
- Chronic digestive conditions
- Peptic ulcers
- Stomach cancer
- Intestinal obstruction
- Kidney failure
Have a cup of ginger tea
China, for instance, it’s been used to treat a variety of digestive and pain issues for more than 2,000 years. It’s unclear exactly how ginger works to ease nausea, but it’s thought that active components such as gingerol directly affect the digestive and central nervous systems. “It’s an excellent treatment for nausea, especially in pregnancy,” says Lauren Richter, DO, assistant professor of family and community medicine at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) indicates that ginger may be a safe way to relieve nausea symptoms during pregnancy.
- Eat a mixture of honey and powder of 2 roasted cardamoms
- Have a glass of chilled lime juice
- Have a mixture of 1 tsp mint juice
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1/2 Tsp ginger juice and 1 Tsp honey
- Slowly sip a glass of honey water,
- Have one tsp onion juice in regular interval
- Slowly sip a glass of chilled cola
Peppermint is another traditional remedy that’s been around for many years. Both its leaves and its oil are helpful in dealing with indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome, according to the NCCIH, and a small study published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing suggests that the scent of peppermint oil can ease nausea.
“Peppermint is wonderful for nausea,” says Richter. Its calming and numbing effect relaxes your stomach muscles so that bile can break down fats, and food can move through the stomach quickly.
Peppermint tea is probably the most common way to take this remedy, but it is also available in capsule form for oral intake. You can use the essential oil of peppermint for aromatherapy, but you should mix it with a carrier oil, which is a vegetable oil that helps dilute the essential oil, for safe application. A word of caution: If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you should avoid the mint.