Nux moschata: An attack on drowsiness

Nux moschata has been classified as a homeopathic remedy that is used for the treatment of neurotic signs such as hysteria. It acts upon three objectives – the nervous system, the skin and mucous membranes.

The dominating symptom of the Nux moschata individual is an overwhelming urge to sleep during the daytime.

A Nux moschata individual has mood swings, alternating between laughter and tears. The individual suffers from memory loss and mental confusion.

The individual forgets what he or she is doing, speaking or writing about and behaves as though he or she is floating on a cloud, dozing off frequently.

They have very dry skin and mucous membranes, particularly affecting the lips, tongue and throat. They don’t feel thirst.

Nux moschata individuals feel stomach fullness, which makes breathing difficult and causes tightness in the area between the heart and the throat. They feel as though they could faint at a moment’s notice.

When do we prescribe Nux moschata?

We prescribe Nux moschata to minimise the effects of psycholeptic medication (a drug with properties that depress mental activity, such as tranquillisers, sedatives and anti-psychotics)

In the first trimester of pregnancy, we prescribe Nux moschata to treat sympathetic symptoms.


The two key characteristics are an overwhelming urge to sleep during the daytime and dryness of the skin and mucous membranes, especially in the mouth.

Nux moschata individuals don’t feel thirst, the tongue seems to stick to the palate and they feel as though there is cotton wool in their saliva. Dryness can be felt in the eyes.

They feel an enlargement and heaviness of the head. Sometimes, Nux moschata individuals feel vertigo, mental derangements and delirium, as if they were inebriated.

An individual with a Nux moschata personality experiences a slow digestion, with fullness in the stomach that makes breathing difficult. Food seems to cause blockages in the stomach.

Very often, they feel an imminent fainting episode or loss of consciousness.

Nux moschata worsens in the cold or immediately after eating.

Clinical indications for Nux moschata

Abnormal and invincible drowsiness, especially during the pregnancy. Discomfort and drowsiness at the start of the pregnancy.

Sleepiness after taking psychotropic medications.

Dyspepsia, gastric and abdominal flatulence and constipation with difficulties in eliminating soft faeces. Painless and odourless belching can sometimes occur.

Dry eye syndrome caused by intolerance of contact lenses, menopause, prolonged exposure to air conditioned environments or Sjögren’s syndrome.

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