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8 Effective Homeopathic Medicines for Nail Biting 

Nail biting is medically known as onychophagia. It is a repetitive compulsive  behaviour  of biting nails in a person. It is mainly common in children (about 50 % of children have this habit at some time in their childhood). Most of them outgrow it with time. But some find it difficult to get out of it and carry forward this habit into adulthood. Homeopathic medicines for nail biting work well in gradually reducing this habit. Homeopathic Medicines for Nail Biting 

In some cases it is mild, occurs occasionally and is of not much concern or doesn’t require treatment. While in others it can be severe enough to cause nail damage, damage to jaw and makes a person prone to gastrointestinal infections. A person with this habit may bite the nail itself or the cuticle or the tissue surrounding the nails.


It often starts in childhood and if not overcome, the condition can continue during adolescence and may increase in severity. The exact reason behind the nail biting is not clear yet. However there are some of the factors that are linked with it. Firstly it can occur from nervousness, in case of stress and anxiety. In these cases it is just a way to cope up with these emotional disturbances.
A person who is habitual to it may do it just when he feels bored, is sitting free, feeling frustrated. Few people may do it without even knowing it while doing some work with great concentration.

Next, there are some mental health conditions that can have it as a symptom along with the major symptoms. Firstly, it  includes major depressive disorder (It is a serious mood disorder in which a person remains intensely sad for a long time period and has a loss of interest in everything).
Another cause is obsessive compulsive disorder – OCD (a disorder characterised by repeated unwanted thoughts and fears called obsessions which causes a desire  to do some repetitive behaviours known as compulsions. These  are severe enough to interfere with day to day activities).
Third is ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – it is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by hyperactivity, inattentiveness,  concentration issues and impulsivity. It usually starts in childhood and can continue in adulthood). Other than this it can be associated with  tourette syndrome (A condition characterised by motor tics and vocal tics. The tics refers to  quick, sudden,  spasmodic muscle movements or  sounds. These are semi voluntary. Some sort of sensation like tingling or itching precedes these tics. These sensations are relieved by doing some specific movements).
It can also be a part of SAD or separation anxiety disorder (an anxiety disorder in which an intense anxiety occurs in a person after separating from home or from people to whom he /she is strongly attached emotionally).
It may also occur in cases of ODD which means oppositional defiant disorder (It is a behavioural disorder characterised by anger, irritable mood and argumentative behaviour and is diagnosed in childhood. Every child once in a while shows such behaviour. But when a child shows such behaviour  persistently then there are chances that he may have ODD).

It is to be noted that  a person having any of the above disorders doesn’t necessarily mean that he will definitely have a nail biting habit. But it can occur in these disorders in some people. Lastly, there are chances that a person may have inherited from parents pointing towards a genetic link with nail biting.

Effects of Nail Biting 

In  mild cases and in occasional nail biters no damage to the nail occurs. But in severe cases there are chances of damaging the nail. In case of damage the nails may grow out of shape, does not look normal or get curled. These may turn thick or thin. The nails may get discoloured too. There may occur ingrowing of the nails. The nails may get detached from the skin present around sometimes. In some cases the nails stop to grow after excessive damage has taken place. Next soreness, pain can occur in the nails and the surrounding skin. Swelling and bleeding around the nails can also arise. Nail damage makes a person prone to infection of the nail and also the surrounding skin. Apart from above the teeth can be damaged too in a person having this behaviour. There can also occur pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Lastly, persons with this habit are also at risk of stomach infection  from the dirt in nails or the bitten nails being carried down the food pipe into the stomach. 

Homeopathic Medicines for Nail Biting 

Homeopathy offers a very effective treatment for cases of nail biting. Homeopathic medicines work well in gradually reducing this habit. The results vary depending upon the intensity and duration of the complaint.  These medicines are very safe as these are prepared from naturally occurring substances that don’t cause any sort of side effects. These are very suitable for managing this habit in people of all age groups. Though there are various medicines for treating this but none of them is specific. The best fit medicine for a given case of nail biting needs to be selected from these based on the case details. So it is best to take any homeopathic medicine after consulting a homeopathic doctor  who can prescribe  the most suitable medicine after detailed case analysis.

  1. Cina – Leading Medicine for Nail Biting 

It is a natural medicine prepared from  unexpanded flower heads of several varieties of a plant Artemisia maritima. It belongs to family compositae.  It is a top grade medicine for treating cases of nail biting. It is especially suitable for children who have an irritable nature. They are hyperactive, very restless all the time even during sleep. They have a complaining nature , are very sensitive and tend to get offended very easily. They have a lot of anger and obstinate nature. They remain cross all the time and tend to cry and strike people present around them. Lastly they are dissatisfied all the time. 

  1. Arsenic Album  – Suitable to Nervous, Anxious Personalities

This medicine is well suited to persons having nervous and anxious personalities. Mostly they have marked anxiety about health  and about others. Along with this they have marked fear of  death.  Restlessness is present along with these symptoms. They keep on changing places due to restlessness. Anxiety and restlessness are worse after midnight in them. Their nails may be discoloured red or black. It is also one of the best indicated medicine for cases of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

  1. Natrum Mur – For Sad, Depressed Personalities

Natrum Mur is a very important medicine for persons  who are sad, depressed.  They weep frequently when alone. Dwelling on the past bad events is also there. They are indifferent and feel joyless. They lack interest in doing anything. They are also irritable and get offended easily. Consolation worsens their complaint. They mainly have a sensitive, reserved and introverted nature.

  1. Arum Triphyllum – For Severe Nail Biting

Use of this medicine is considered in cases of severe nail biting. Persons who need it tend to bite their nails until they start to bleed. They have a very nervous nature. Irritability is also marked in them. They are also very restless, cross and stubborn. Other than nails they may also have a habit of picking the ends of the fingers. 

  1. Aconite – For Anxiety

It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Aconitum Napellus commonly known as monkshood. It belongs to family ranunculaceae. Use of this medicine can be done in persons who suffer from anxiety issues. They are also restless, impatient and do everything in a great haste. Fear of death is also present along with the above symptoms. Panic attack tendency may be there. They may also have a fear of crowds.

  1. Medorrhinum – Another Important Medicine for Nail Biting

It is the next prominent medicine for treating cases of nail biting. Persons requiring it are usually anxious and hurried. They are nervous, sensitive and restless too. They also are sad, tearful and feel better by weeping. Concentration issues and weakness of the memory can be present along with these symptoms. They may suffer mood changes, such as episodes of alternating happiness and sadness in such cases. 

  1. Lycopodium – For Social Anxiety

It is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss. It belongs to the family lycopodiaceae. This medicine can be considered in persons who have complaints of marked social anxiety. They have low confidence, poor self esteem and have fear of appearing in the public. They may have a tendency of panic attacks. They may also have concentration difficulties, weakness of memory. 

  1. Silicea – To Manage Nail Damage

This medicine is well indicated for managing nail damage. In cases needing it the nails are rough, brittle and yellow coloured. They are crippled. Skin around the nails may have ulceration also. It helps to overcome this nail damage. This medicine also works towards stimulating  growth of the new nails. 

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  1. Usha KIRAN says:

    Some kind of fungus in my nails, part of some nails have become white under my nails, pls suggest medicine

  2. Salimah Lakhani says:

    My daughter soon to be 15 has been biting her nails most of her life , I have been unsuccessful to stop this habit kindly help me with a solution so she can allow to let her nails grow like a normal teenager. Thank you so much 🙏🏾

  3. very effective treatment

  4. Aoa , mera 16 years ka beta aur 14 years ki baiti hy dono main nailbitting issu hy , even nail thin ho gay hain please koi medicine bata dain ,

    • Salimah Lakhani says:

      My daughter soon to be 15 has been biting her nails most of her life , I have been unsuccessful to stop this habit kindly help me with a solution so she can allow to let her nails grow like a normal teenager. Thank you so much 🙏🏾

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hi My name is steph and i was wondering how I can lose my big belly? I am hypothyroid and I take a dessicated thyroid medicine. I also take a menosmart type pill and a adrenosmart pill and a thyrosmart pill plus i take potassium and magnesium and about 8000 units of vit D daily. I just cant seem to get my rear in gear to exercise. No energy and then when i do exercise i hurt for days. I also have my right ankle is messed up. Any time I eat bread/sugar My ankle swells and it hurts to walk. So i really cut those things out of my diet, but sometimes it just hurts like it is out of joint a bit. I twisted it about 10 yrs back but could never get a doctor to look at it.

  6. Hi sir, my son 2.6 yes old. He is in his free time nail bitting habit is showed few days. Can you help me

    • Aoa , mera 16 years ka beta aur 14 years ki baiti hy dono main nailbitting issu hy , even nail thin ho gay hain please koi medicine bata dain ,

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