Creating Waves of Awareness
Hangover and Homoeopathy
© Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD (Homoeopathy)
Dr. Swati Vishnoi BHMS
Dr. Preetika Lakhera BHMS
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Signs and symptoms. 2
Factors causing hangover. 4
Acetic acid. 4
Immune system.. 5
Individual factors. 5
Cigarette smoking. 5
Opuntia ficus-indica Q.. 6
Homoeopathic treatment. 6
General remedies for Hangover. 6
Short repertory of Hangover. 6
Hangover is a syndrome of delayed, disagreeable physical aftereffects, following heavy consumption of alcohol in a relatively short period of time, or the use of drugs, characterized by headache and sometimes nausea and dizziness (Psora/ Sycosis/ Syphilis).
Hangover has following main symptoms that may last more than 24 hours-
Alcohol hangover symptoms develop when blood alcohol concentration falls considerably and are maximum when it returns to almost zero (Psora/ Syphilis).
Many pathophysiological changes are responsible for the alcohol hangover-
Congeners are complex organic molecules found in alcoholic beverages which may play an important role in producing hangover. They are metabolized to the notably toxic substances like formaldehyde and formic acid.
After being drunk, ethanol is first converted to acetaldehyde by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase and then to acetic acid by oxidation. These reactions also convert nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) to its reduced form NADH by redox reaction. By causing an imbalance of the NAD+/NADH redox system (Psora), alcoholic beverages create normal bodily functions more difficult. Alcohol also encourages the CYP2E1 enzyme, which metabolizes ethanol and other substances into more toxic substances (Psora/ Sycosis).
The alcohol induced redox alterations in the body cause-
Acetaldehyde, the first by-product of ethanol, is many times more toxic than alcohol itself and can remain at an elevated plateau for many hours after initial ethanol consumption. The high concentration of acetaldehyde causes the alcohol flush reaction, called as the "Asian Glow". Acetaldehyde may also influence glutathione peroxidase, a key antioxidant enzyme, and increases the susceptibility to oxidative stress.
It can cause adenosine to accumulate in many parts of the brain causing headaches.
Besides ethanol and water, most alcoholic drinks also contain congeners, as flavoring agents or as a by-product of fermentation and the wine aging process. Congeners may aggravate hangover and other residual effects. Congeners include-
Different types of alcoholic beverages contain different amounts of congeners. In general, dark liquors have a higher concentration than clear liquors. Therefore, darker liquors produce worst hangovers. Rank of alcohols as per hangover (from low to high)-
Ethanol causes diuresis leading to dehydration, which may cause thirst, dry mouth, dizziness and even electrolyte imbalance. Alcohol induces hyperchlorhydria causing nausea.
Hangover is related with a decrease in blood glucose concentration. Severe hypoglycemia by insulin shock may lead to coma or even death.
Disturbed immune system due to alcohol intake, specially cytokine metabolism is the cause of hangover state. The highly increased concentration of several cytokines causes nausea, headache, and fatigue. These include interleukin 12 (IL-12), interferon gamma (IFNγ) and interleukin 10 (IL-10).
The personality, genetics, health status, age, sex, associated activities during drinking such as smoking, the use of other drugs, physical activity such as dancing, as well as sleep quality and duration are also modifying factors for hangover.
Alleles associated with aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) and flushing phenotypes as in alcohol flush reaction in Asians influence the alcohol tolerance hangover.
Due to declining supplies of alcohol dehydrogenase with increasing age, some people experience hangovers with ageing.
Women are more prone to hangover than men, due to sex differences in the pharmacokinetics of alcohol. Women attain a higher blood alcohol concentration than men at the same number of drinks.
Acetaldehyde is absorbed from cigarette smoking during alcohol consumption and is contributor to hangover.
High water intake reduces all the symptoms considerably.
An extract of a species of cactus may reduce some effects of hangover. Opuntia ficus-indica or Barbary fig is most effective in drinks with high levels of congeners.
Pyritinol is a synthetic Vitamin B6 analog, can help to reduce hangover symptoms.
acet-ac. aesc-g. agar. ambr. anis. Ant-c. ant-t. apom. Ars. asar. astac. aur. bry. calc-ar. Carb-v. carbn-s. card-m. chel. chin. coca cocc. coff. colch. heroin. IP. lac-d. Laur. led. Luna lup. mand. nat-c. nux-v. olib-sac. plat-m. positr. Puls. querc. Ran-b. rhus-t. sabin. spect. staph. stry. sul-ac. sulph. Verat.
ABDOMEN - INFLAMMATION - Liver - alcohol; from med. nux-v.
BLADDER - RETENTION of urine - alcohol; abuse of kreos.
BLADDER - URINATION - dysuria - painful - alcohol; from ars. bell. calc. hep. lach. merc. NUX-V. Puls. Sulph.
CHILL - ALCOHOL; from abuse of led. Nux-v.
COUGH – ALCOHOL arn. ferr. ign. lach. led. Spong. stann. stram. zinc.
EXTREMITIES - TREMBLING - Hand – alcoholic phos.
EYE - ALCOHOLISM agg. calc. Chin. lach. nux-v. op. sulph.
EYE - AMBLYOPIA - alcohol; from ter. tub.
FACE - DISCOLORATION - red - alcohol; after aloe bamb-a. bapt. carb-v. sulph.
Food - ALCOHOL, general - agg. – hangover luna lup. Nux-v. plat-m. ran-b.
GENERALS - CONVULSIONS - alcoholic drinks; after ran-b.
GENERALS - DROPSY - general; in - alcoholism, from ars. fl-ac. sulph.
GENERALS - FOOD and DRINKS - alcoholic drinks - agg. - hangover; excessive acet-ac. aesc-g. Agar. anis. ant-t. apom. Ars. asar. astac. aur. calc-ar. carb-v. carbn-s. card-m. coca cocc. Luna nux-v. olib-sac. plat-m. positr. querc. Ran-b. stry. sul-ac. sulph. Verat.
GENERALS - FOOD and DRINKS - alcoholic drinks - agg. - intoxicated; easily adam. aids. alum. bov. chinin-m. CON. haliae-lc. lac-h. luna naja nat-sil. nux-v. ozone positr. sal-fr. Zinc.
GENERALS - FOOD and DRINKS - alcoholic drinks - agg. absin. acet-ac. acon. adam. aesc-g. aeth. Agar. agav-t. aids. ail. alco. aloe alum-p. alum-sil. alum. alumn. Am-c. am-m. ambr. anac. ang. anis. Ant-c. ant-t. anthraci. apis apoc. apom. aran-ix. arg-met. Arg-n. arn. ARS. arum-i. ASAR. astac. aur-m-n. AUR-M. aur. aven. bamb-a. BAR-C. Bell. ben-d. benz-ac. berb. bism. borx. bov. brucel. bry. bufo cadm-s. calad. Calc-ar. calc-f. calc-s. calc-sil. Calc. Cann-i. caps. Carb-ac. carb-an. Carb-v. Carbn-s. card-m. caust. cerev-lg. Chel. chim-m. Chin. chinin-m. chir-fl. chlol. chlor. cic. cimic. cina coc-c. Coca cocc. Coff. colch. Coloc. Con. cor-r. cortiso. crat. Crot-h. cupr-ar. cupr. daph. Dig. eup-per. ferr-i. Ferr. fl-ac. gaul. gels. gink-b. Glon. gran. grat. guar. ham. hed. Hell. hep. hippoz. hydr. hyos. Ign. ignis-alc. ina-i. ip. kali-bi. Kali-br. kali-m. kali-n. Lac-e. LACH. lat-m. laur. Led. Lob-p. Lob. Luna lup. Lyc. mand. Merc. mez. naja Nat-c. Nat-m. nat-p. nit-m-ac. Nux-m. NUX-V. OP. osm. ozone paull. Petr. phasco-ci. phel. Phos. phyt. pic-ac. psil. Puls. querc. RAN-B. rauw. Rhod. Rhus-t. rumx. Ruta sabad. sal-al. Sang. sars. Sec. SEL. sep. Sil. Spig. stann. staph. Stram. stront-c. stroph-h. stry. succ-ac. SUL-AC. SULPH. sumb. symph. Syph. tab. ter. thea thuj. trinit. tung-met. verat. zinc. zing.
GENERALS - FOOD and DRINKS - alcoholic drinks - ailments from alumn. ARS. aur. calc. Carb-v. Carbn-s. coff. ferr-i. guar. Kali-bi. led. NUX-V. positr. querc-r-g-s. Ran-b. sep. SUL-AC. Sulph.
GENERALS - FOOD and DRINKS - alcoholic drinks - amel. Acon. agar. androc. arg-n. bufo canth. castm. Con. dicha. GELS. Granit-m. hell. ign. kreos. lach. naja nat-m. op. phos. sel. sep. sul-ac. thea
GENERALS - HANGOVER - amel. mand.
GENERALS - HANGOVER - sensation as if from a hangover luna olib-sac. spect.
GENERALS - HANGOVER - sensation as if from a hangover luna olib-sac.
GENERALS - PARALYSIS - alcohol, after abuse of ant-t. Ars. calc. Lach. nat-s. Nux-v. OP. ran-b. sep. Sulph.
GENERALS - PARALYSIS AGITANS - alcohol; after abuse of Hyosin-hbr.
GENERALS - TREMBLING - Externally - alcoholism; from ant-t. Ars. Crot-h. Lach. Mag-p. Nux-v. sul-ac. sulph.
GENERALS - TWITCHING - alcoholism, in Crot-h. Phos.
GENERALS - WEAKNESS - alcoholic drinks amel. Canth. nit-s-d. thea
GENERALS - WEARINESS - alcoholic drinks; from olib-sac.
HEAD - ALCOHOLIC drinks-agg. acon. Ant-c. Ant-t. ars. bell. bry. Calc. carb-an. CARB-V. chin. coff. ip. nit-ac.nux-m.NUX-V. op. par.ph-ac. phos. Puls.Ran-b. rhus-t. ruta sabad. sabin. sil.Sulph. tarax. Verat.
HEAD - ALCOHOLIC drinks - amel. naja
HEAD - CONGESTION - alcoholic liquors agg. calc-s. Calc. Glon. Lach. verat-v. Zinc.
HEAD - CONSTRICTION - Forehead - alcohol amel. granit-m.
HEAD - PAIN - nail, as from a - alcoholic drinks; after ruta
HEAD - PAIN - odors - alcohol, of sol-t-ae.
HEAD - PAIN - stunning, stupefying - morning - waking; on - alcoholic drinks; as from chin. kali-n. NAT-M. Tarent.
MIND - AILMENTS FROM – alcoholism agar. ars. asar. Bell. calc. Cocc. con. lach. Lyss. nux-v. op. ph-ac. Phos. Stram. sulph. zinc.
MIND - ALCOHOL - agg. acon. am-m. ang. arg-met. bell. chin. con. laur. Nux-v. Puls. rheum squil.
MIND - ALCOHOL - amel. olnd.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM – acute Apoc.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - constipation; with Apom.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - diabetes; with med.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - drinking on the sly Med. Sulph.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - excitement, from alcoholism stram. zinc.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - get up at night to drink; must ars. caps. nux-v.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - grief; after caust.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - hypochondriasis, with NUX-V.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - idleness, from lach. nux-v. sulph.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - irritability, with Nux-v.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - menses; before SEL.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - oblivion is like; drinking to see what positr.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - pregnancy, during or after nux-v.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - remove the habit of drinking; to kola Querc-r-g-s. stry-n.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - timidity; from med. merc.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - upper limbs; with complaints of ARS. lach. Nux-v. sulph.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - weakness of character; from ars. petr. puls.
MIND - ALCOHOLISM - withdrawal from; to support the ange. asar. bufo calc-ar. carc. Chin. kola passi. phos. querc. stroph-h. stry-n. sul-ac. sulph.
MIND - CLARITY of mind - alcohol; in spite of olib-sac.
MIND - CONCENTRATION - difficult - alcohol amel. irid-met.
MIND - CONFUSION of mind - alcoholic drinks; after cocc.
MIND - DELIRIUM TREMENS - small quantity of alcoholic stimulants, from OP.
MIND - EXCITEMENT - alcohol amel. coca-c.
MIND - INDIFFERENCE - dearest friends; even towards - alcoholism; in chronic Phos.
MIND - KORSAKOFF's psychosis – alcoholism agar. verat.
MIND - QUARRELSOME - alcoholism; in p-benzq.
MIND - SADNESS - alcoholics; in carc.
MIND - TIMIDITY - alcohol amel. nat-m.
MIND - UNCONSCIOUSNESS - alcoholic gels. Glon. hyos. Kali-br. lach. Stram.
MOUTH - PAIN - alcoholic drinks rhus-t.
NOSE - CORYZA - alcoholic drinks - agg. fl-ac.
NOSE - EPISTAXIS - alcoholics; in Acon. bell. bry. Carb-v. hyos. Lach. nux-v. SEC.
NOSE - SWELLING - pustulous - alcoholics; in alum. caust. hep.
RECTUM - DIARRHEA - alcoholic drinks, after ant-t. ars. lach. NUX-V. sulph.
RESPIRATION - ASTHMATIC - alcoholics; in coca
SLEEP - SLEEPINESS - alcohol; after drinking Glon.
SLEEP - SLEEPLESSNESS - alcohol - agg. agav-t.
STOMACH - ALCOHOLIC drinks - amel. olnd. sul-ac.
STOMACH - ANXIETY - morning - waking; on - alcoholics; in ASAR.
STOMACH - COMPLAINTS of the stomach - alcoholics; in ant-t.
STOMACH - HICCOUGH - alcoholic drinks, after RAN-B. sul-ac.
STOMACH - INDIGESTION - alcoholic drinks; after ran-b. sul-ac.
STOMACH - INFLAMMATION – alcoholic med.
STOMACH - NAUSEA - alcohol; from calc-f.
STOMACH - PAIN - burning - alcoholic drinks agg. carb-v.
STOMACH - PAIN - burning - alcoholics; in Sul-ac.
STOMACH - PAIN - cramping - alcoholics and gluttons; of calc. Carb-v. lach. NUX-V. sulph.
STOMACH - SLOW digestion- alcoholics; in ars.bell.Carb-v.chin. Lach. merc. nat-c. NUX-V. puls. Sulph.
STOMACH - ULCERS - alcoholics, in alum.
STOMACH - UNEASINESS - alcoholics, in alumn.
STOMACH - VOMITING - alcohol - amel. Olnd.
STOMACH - VOMITING - morning - alcohol; after ars. caps. nux-v.
STOMACH - VOMITING - morning – alcoholism CAPS.
TEETH - ALCOHOLIC drinks - agg. acon. chin. IGN. Nux-v.
THROAT - ANESTHESIA - alcohol; from hyos. kali-br.
Toxicity - DRUGS, general - hangover, from a night of reveling agar. ambr. Ant-c. Ars. bry. Carb-v. chel. chin. coff. colch. IP. lac-d. Laur. led. nat-c. NUX-V. Puls. ran-b. rhus-t. sabin. staph. sulph.
URINE - ALBUMINOUS - alcohol, after abuse of ARS. aur. bell. Berb. Calc-ar. CARB-V. Chin. Crot-h. cupr. ferr. Lach. led. Merc-c. merc. Nat-c. Nux-v. sulph.
VERTIGO - ALCOHOLIC drinks, from - sensation as if from alum. caust. Coloc. Nat-m. Nux-v.
VERTIGO - ALCOHOLIC drinks, from caust. COLOC. kola NAT-M. NUX-V. verat.
VISION - ALCOHOL agg.; abuse of aur.
VISION - DIM - alcohol; from habitual use of NUX-V.
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