Homeopathic Remedies for Morning Sickness
Also indexed as: Nausea (Pregnancy), Pregnancy (Nausea)
Nausea during pregnancy can be miserable. At at time when many changes are occurring
(enough to adapt to already), it is often very discouraging. Some women only feel ill or
queasy in the morning, but for some it lasts all day and is even troublesome at night.
Discomfort usually eases off by the third or fourth month, but not always. Homeopathic
remedies can be very helpful to a woman with morning sickness and are safe to take during
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also
“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Asarum: This remedy is indicated when a woman feels very ill, with constant nausea
and retching. She is extremely sensitive to everything—especially noise, which can
aggravate the nauseous feelings. She feels best when lying down and resting. Cool drinks or
food may help, but it is hard for her to even think of eating.
Colchicum: Horrible nausea that is worse from the sight and smell of food
(especially eggs or fish) often indicates this remedy. The woman retches and vomits, and has a
sore and bloated feeling in the abdomen. She has trouble eating anything — although she
often craves things, when she tries to eat them they make her sick. She is likely to feel ill
from many smells that others don’t even notice.
Ipecacuanha: This remedy is indicated for intense and constant nausea that is felt
all day (not only in the morning) with retching, belching, and excessive salivation. The woman
may feel worse from lying down, but also worse from motion. Even after the woman vomits, she
Kreosotum: When this remedy is indicated, the woman may salivate so much that she
constantly swallows it, becoming nauseous. She may also vomit up food that looks undigested,
several hours after eating.
Lacticum acidum: This remedy is indicated for “classic morning
sickness”: nausea worse immediately on waking in the morning and on opening the eyes.
The woman may salivate a lot and have burning stomach pain. She usually has a decent appetite
and feels better after eating.
Nux vomica: Nausea, especially in the morning and after eating, may respond to this
remedy—especially if the woman is irritable, impatient, and chilly. She may retch a lot
and have the urge to vomit, often without success. Her stomach feels sensitive and crampy, and
she may be constipated.
Pulsatilla: This remedy can be helpful if nausea is worse in the afternoon and
evening (often in the morning, as well). The woman is not very thirsty, although she may feel
better from drinking something cool. She can crave many different foods, but feels sick from
many things (including foods she craves). Creamy foods or desserts may be appealing, but can
cause discomfort and burping or bring on vomiting. A woman who needs this remedy usually is
affectionate, insecure, and weepy—wanting a lot of attention and comforting.
Sepia: Gnawing, intermittent nausea with an empty feeling in the stomach suggests a
need for this remedy. It is especially indicated for a woman who is feeling irritable, sad,
worn out, and indifferent to her family. She feels worst in the morning before she eats, but
is not improved by eating and may vomit afterward. Nausea can be worse when she is lying on
her side. Odors of any kind may aggravate the symptoms. Food often tastes too salty. She may
lose her taste for many foods, but may still crave vinegar and sour things.
Tabacum: This remedy can be helpful to a woman who feels a ghastly nausea with a
sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach. She looks extremely pale, feels very cold and
faint, and needs to lie very still and keep her eyes closed. If she moves at all, she may
vomit violently—or break out in cold sweat and feel terrible.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.