The French ambassador to South America Jean Nicot was the person who gave the tobacco plant its name and also introduced it in Europe sometime around 1560. Nevertheless, even before Nicot gave a name to the tobacco plant, it was being used by the indigenous tribes of America since time immemorial. As everyone is aware, tobacco encloses a poisonous substance called nicotine which has the potential to result in nausea, vomiting, dizziness, perspiration and also heart palpitations. These symptoms may occur all of a sudden and also give rise to pain, chilliness, anxiety as well as secretion of excessive saliva. Interestingly enough, the homeopathic medicine prepared from tobacco called tabacum is primarily used to treat the above mentioned symptoms.
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It may be mentioned here that the Mayan people traditionally used tobacco to treat conditions, such as asthma, various problems of the skin and convulsions or seizures. People throughout the Americas have been smoking tobacco, especially the dried leaves of the plant, since long. Although tobacco is hardly used for medicinal purposes any more, it is used in cigarettes for smoking as well as an insecticide.
Since tobacco contains a poisonous substance called nicotine, when the leaves or any other part of this plant is ingested, it results in addiction. Hence, tobacco is not ingested, but generally smoked or chewed. In its natural form, tobacco is detrimental for our health and, when used in excess, may even result in death. The truth is that there is no specified level of tobacco smoking that can be called safe. Even taking (smoking or chewing) tobacco in small amounts may cause instant damage to the heart as well as the blood vessels. Regular use of tobacco or exposure to it is known to cause respiratory ailments and also cancer, especially of the mouth and the lungs. Several studies have shown that the use of tobacco in the United States as well as other regions of the world is the biggest reason of deaths, which otherwise can be prevented. However, a number of recent studies conducted in the United States have shown that presently there is a trend among people to quit smoking. Perhaps this is owing to the awareness campaigns launched against tobacco smoking as well as recent reports of alarming rise in the number of deaths owing to smoking tobacco.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States says that the practice of the stream of medicine called homeopathy is founded on the belief that it is possible to cure the symptoms of a disease by using small doses of the substances which are responsible for such symptoms in healthy people. Going by this theory, use of the homeopathic medicine tabacum prepared from tobacco is the best and most effective remedy for a person desiring to quit smoking. In fact, very small amounts of tabacum or the addictive agent is given to people wanting to give up smoking and it not only helps the individual to quit smoking, but also helps to ease the withdrawal symptoms. It is said that people's interest in using this medication have increased in recent years perhaps owing to the widespread publicity campaign highlighting the health risks associated with smoking.
In addition to helping smokers to quit smoking as also alleviating the withdrawal symptoms, tabacum is also said to aid in treating gastro-intestinal problems owing to tobacco use. Such patients usually want their abdomen to be uncovered as this provides relief from nausea and vomiting. Besides, this homeopathic medicine prepared from tobacco is also effective in treating diarrhea that is accompanied by abrupt nausea, vomiting, prostration (extreme mental or emotional depression, cold sweating (a chill accompanied by perspiration, caused by fear, nerviness, or other similar symptoms) and/ or acute fainting owing to the smell of tobacco.
The homeopathic medication tabacum is also beneficial for people who are suffering from motion sickness distinguished by dizziness, nausea, faintness as well as cold sweat. Treatment with tabacum works best for people who experience relief from their motion sickness (the state or condition of being dizzy or nauseous from riding in a moving vehicle) when they are in an atmosphere where the air is cool.
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Tabacum is a homeopathic remedy that is appropriate for treating people who have a miserable and depressing sensation. Such people are unable to concentrate or keep their mind focused on any thing for a long period. Tabacum is said to be especially very effective in providing relief from nausea or queasiness. The queasiness is said to be akin to the feeling on experiences on inhaling his or her first cigarette. Such nausea is known to cause a deathly and icy cold sensation. As discussed earlier, tabacum may also be given to people enduring motion sickness. In addition, this homeopathic medicine is also prescribed to cure severe digestive disorders, particularly during pregnancy or when one undergoes chemotherapy. It is also believed that tabacum also helps in providing relief in the case of severe diarrhea. In other words, this homeopathic medicine is beneficial in treating consistent constipation accompanied by rectal paralysis and/ or rectal spasms. People enduring rectal paralysis or spasms often have a sensation as if there is an obstruction or restriction in their rectum or the intestines. This feeling or symptom is usually accompanied by debility and cramping soreness.
People suffering from these conditions find that their symptoms improve when it is cold or a cold compression is applied on the affected region of the body. In addition, their symptoms also get better when the abdomen is uncovered and they are provided with vinegar and sour foods and drinks. Their symptoms are also said to be better during twilight and, especially when they are in fresh cool air.
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Whenever such patients are in situations where there is extreme heat and intense cold, their symptoms deteriorate. The symptoms also worsen when they are lying on their left side or moving in any vehicle or boat. Even keeping their eyes open often results in worsening of the symptoms. Evening is the part of the day, when these patients feel that their symptoms are at their worst.
Although tobacco is no longer used for medicinal purposes, the medicine prepared from tobacco - tabacum - is primarily administered to treat queasiness, vomiting as well as motion sickness. These symptoms occur suddenly and may include pain, excessive secretion of saliva, a chilly sensation accompanied by sweating, vertigo as well as nervous anxiety. When the patients are in least motion, it basically intensifies the feeling of nausea as well as increases vomiting. This homeopathic medication is also effective for treating acute nausea that is accompanied by additional ailments.
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Besides, tabacum is also the main medication for treating sea-sickness. When a person suffers from sea-sickness, he or she experiences nausea accompanied by an appalling, faint and sinking feeling at the crater or pit of their stomach. The symptoms of sea-sickness deteriorate when there is minimum motion and the sufferer gets relief when they are on the deck where they get enough of fresh cold air. Such people usually have a feeling of hanging or respite of stomach with continual vomiting and queasiness. As discussed earlier, this homeopathic medicine also helps in treating gastro-intestinal problems owing to tobacco use or difficulties owing to going at sea. In fact, the patients demand that their abdomen be uncovered as it provides relief from both symptoms - vomiting as well as nausea. In addition, tabacum also aids in healing diarrhea that is accompanied by unexpected vomiting, nausea, weakness, cold sweat and a feeling of intense fainting owing to the smell of tobacco. Patients suffering from this condition have a yellowish stool, which is watery, slippery and occasionally appears similar to sour milk.
The homeopathic medicine prepared from tobacco and called tabacum also has a distinct effect on headache, especially headaches that occur at regular intervals and continues for some time. In fact, such headaches start in the morning, intensify during the day and continue till the evening. When the patient experiences such types of headaches, they feel an acute pain as if someone is striking their head with a hammer. In addition, they also have a feeling as if a tight band is constricting the head. The pain worsens when there is light, movement or any movement. On the contrary, the pain eases when the patients are in an open fresh air. Besides, tabacum is also prescribed by homeopaths for treating vertigo experienced by a patient when he or she opens their eyes. Such patients may also experience vertigo when they are rising or looking up and they get relief when they vomit or are in fresh open air. It may be mentioned here that people enduring vertigo often experience loss of consciousness and appear to be pale as in death.
The tobacco plant is indigenous to the United States, South America and the West Indies. Presently, the tobacco plant is cultivated in different parts of the world like any other agricultural products.
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