Nausea is an uneasiness of the stomach that often comes before vomiting. Vomiting is the forcible voluntary or involuntary emptying of stomach contents through the mouth. Nausea is an unpleasant, diffuse sensation of unease and discomfort, often perceived as an urge to vomit. Nausea is a side effect of many medications including chemotherapy, or morning sickness in early pregnancy. Nausea may also be caused by anxiety, disgust and depression
Important , Nausea and vomiting are not diseases, but they are symptoms of many medical conditions.
The causes of vomiting differ according to age. For children, it is could be due to viral infection, food poisoning, milk allergy, motion sickness, overeating or feeding, coughing, or blocked intestines and illnesses.
Ayurveda Approach to Nausea
The timing of the nausea or vomiting can indicate the cause. When appearing shortly after a meal, nausea or vomiting may be caused by food poisoning, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), an ulcer, or bulimia. Nausea or vomiting one to eight hours after a meal may also indicate food poisoning.
Nausea and vomiting are often signs of high Pitta in the stomach. The increased acid secretions may irritate the gastric mucous membrane which may result in the sickly feeling. Therefore at this time, it is good to steer clear of overly hot, fermented or and spicy foods.
Chew 1 or two cardamom seeds, the change of taste can also help soothe the vomiting sensation. Black cardamom subdues kapha, pitta, and vata, while green cardamom stimulates pitta and soothes vata and kapha.
Ginger is an effective remedy to several tummy and digestion related problems. If the vomiting is caused due to food poisoning or indigestion, mixing one teaspoon of ginger juice or freshly grated ginger pulp and one teaspoon onion juice can also help you get past that queasy feeling effectively