Note: Inducing vomiting is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women as well as children under 12 years of age. Also, it is not recommended as a mechanism for weight loss.
If someone swallows non-corrosive poison, toxins or a harmful food substance, inducing vomiting can help get the substance out of the person’s system to some extent.
However, throwing up is not a solution when you have swallowed corrosive poison or chemicals. The New Zealand National Poisons Centre (NPC) does not recommend vomiting as first aid for toxic substance.
Throwing up is a natural mechanism that should be practiced as a last resort and only after consulting your doctor.
Before you try to induce vomiting, it is important to be aware of the side effects. Forced vomiting can be harmful to the body.
Throwing up forcefully can cause dehydration, burns in the esophagus, swelling in your airways, tooth enamel erosion, tears in the esophagus and deprive the body of minerals.
Never use throwing up as a weight-loss method. Doing so can lead to eating disorders, such as bulimia, that can cause severe malnutrition, and can even endanger your life.
Pregnant women should not make themselves throw up, as it can cause dehydration and deprive the baby of important nutrients.
Here are some of the effective methods to make you throw up.
1. Use Your Fingers
You can use your fingers to activate the body’s natural gag reflex, which will make you throw up easily.
- Choose where you’re going to vomit and sit firmly in a comfortable position with your head pointing downward to prevent choking.
- Insert your clean and well-washed index and middle fingers into your mouth.
- Place your fingers on your tongue, then move along the tongue toward the back of your throat until your fingers touch the little dangly thing called palatine uvula that hangs down from the back of your palate.
- Press your fingertips downward to induce vomiting.
- Soon you will start getting stomach cramps. Remove your fingers and allow the stomach contents to come out.
- After vomiting, rinse your mouth with water and also wash your hands.
Note: Do not use any hard objects like sticks or spoons to induce vomiting.
2. The Toothbrush Trick
The toothbrush trick also uses the gag reflex to induce vomiting.
- Moisten a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Gently rub the bristles on the back of the tongue to stimulate the gag reflex.
- Do this several times until you feel the need to vomit.
- After vomiting, make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly.
3. Mustard Water
Mustard water is another option that can make you throw up quickly.
The unpleasant taste and unappetizing smell of mustard sauce and water make you feel like throwing up.
- Add 1 tablespoon of mustard sauce or paste to a glass of warm water.
- Stir thoroughly, then drink the solution in a single gulp.
- Wait 20 to 30 minutes for the solution to work and induce vomiting.
This home treatment is effective for many people, but not everyone. You will need to try it to know whether it works for you.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you suspect of eating some rotten food that can cause food poisoning, apple cider vinegar is a good remedy to try at home.
It is the strong odor of raw, organic apple cider vinegar that can make you throw up. Plus, bacteria and other pathogens are very sensitive to the acidic property of apple cider vinegar. It helps cleanse your body of harmful toxic substances.
Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The strong odor and taste of it will lead to instant queasiness and vomiting.