How to Make Yourself Throw Up

How to Make Yourself Throw Up

There is nothing unpleasant, like vomiting. Apart from being a painful experience, the sight of what you are throwing up is disgusting. It’s even devastating when you throw up for no good reason. However, throwing up is sometimes a necessity. If you have indigestion, you’ve taken poison, or in cases of food poisoning, your instincts may tell you to induce vomiting. Nonetheless, in this article, we teach various ways on how to make yourself throw up.

For many years people thought that inducing vomiting was the best way to solve such problems. In fact, even doctors advised patients to have ipecac syrup to make it easier for people who would want to vomit. Typically, ipecac syrup is a thick fluid that induces vomiting.

Things have changed; currently, doctors and poison experts are singing a different tune. Do not induce vomiting to yourself or anyone else, even in the event of eating something poisonous. But rather call a poison expert for advice.

You’ll be amazed that people induce vomiting for some unworthy reasons. For instance, some people may induce vomiting just because they are guilty of the food they have eaten, or they may want to lose weight. You may achieve the intended goal, but if you regularly induce vomiting, you might seriously damage your body.

When there is dire need to vomit, consult your physician. Vomiting may be life-threatening. It is a complex process that influences both the immune and nervous system to trigger the vomiting reflex.

11 Best Ways To Make Yourself Throw Up

  1. Gargling warm water
  2. Using your finger
  3. Warm Salt Water
  4. Spinning around
  5. Toothbrush
  6. Gargle with egg whites
  7. Use memories
  8. Picturing someone vomiting
  9. Mustard solution
  10. Using Syrup of ipecac
  11. Bloodroot herb

Ways of Initiating Vomiting

Gargling warm water



Gargling warm water triggers a feeling of nausea, which again leads to vomiting. How do you achieve this? In an ordinary way, gargle warm water for about 10 seconds. When you gargle for ten or more seconds continuously at the back of your tongue, it stimulates the gag reflex. (1), (2)

The gag/pharyngeal reflex is essential in expelling substances from the body, i.e., those that the brain considers being harmful. In this case, anything within your digestive system will be thrown up.

Using your finger

Using your finger

Perhaps this is the easiest way to initiate vomiting. You only need to push one of your finger towards the back of your tongue/mouth. Once your finger touches the end of your tongue, it causes your body to react and stimulates the gag reflex. The result of this is a feeling of nausea, and then vomiting follows. Note that this process occurs very fasts. It is almost instant. (3)

Warm Salt Water

Warm Salt Water

Warm salt water can induce vomiting too, but this process takes a bit longer, typically, half an hour or so. To use this method, you have to add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. For faster results, add two tablespoons of salt. Consume this salts solution in one gulp. You’ll feel nauseated, which ultimately leads to vomiting. However, you can accelerate the process by using your finger. (4)

Spinning around

Spinning around


Have you ever spun around? You may see kids spin around, and you may think it is fun. No, it isn’t. You may just end up throwing up. The typical result of spinning is a feeling of dizziness and nausea.

You feel dizzy because of the confusion that your brain is thrown into. The ear is responsible for the balance. The inner ear has fluid-filled cavities that are lined with hairs. When you spin, the fluid rotates, sloshing around the hairs. But when you stop, the fluid spins for some time. Your brain feels as if you are still spinning. This makes you feel dizzy, nauseated, and vomiting.



This method is similar to using a finger. Sometimes, you may not embrace the thought of inserting your finger to the back of your mouth. A toothbrush will work well. Get a clean toothbrush and use it to rub the back of your mouth – end of tongue, area of tonsils, or just the roof of the back of your mouth.

This action causes immediate throwing up. Primarily, the toothbrush, upon touching these areas it stimulates a gag reflex. In turn, this causes you to throw up.

Gargle with egg whites

Gargle With Egg Whites

The thought of placing a raw egg in your mouth alone can make you vomit. This is even better.  However, some people can eat raw eggs.

Raw egg white has a particularly unpleasant smell and taste. This will undoubtedly make you throw up. People claim that this method is efficient, especially if you want to get rid of toxins in your stomach.

Use memories

Use memories

Have you ever vomited before? What caused it? If you remember and fully concentrate on such incidences, you may throw up again. For some people, thinking about a particular type of medication can make them throw up. Still, thinking about sights that disgust you can make you nauseous hence vomiting.

Experts think that when you think about the unpleasant sights, sounds, or smells, it triggers the gag reflex to go into action. In turn, this causes nausea and vomiting.

Picturing someone vomiting

How to Make Yourself Vomiting

For how long can you watch someone vomit?  Frankly, that is a disgusting sight. Definitely, it can cause you to throw up immediately. So if you really want to throw up, visit Google or YouTube, and watch videos of people vomiting. Trust me; this method is advantageous.

Mustard solution


The mustard solution is one of the best solutions to make you vomit. However, you must not use this solution regularly, as it may harm your health. Mustard contains high levels of sodium, which is detrimental to your health. (5)

To use mustard, mix two teaspoonfuls of the mustard solution in a glass of water. Gulp the whole glass. Within a few minutes, you’ll feel nauseated and consequently vomit. The mustard solution has emetic properties.

Using Syrup of ipecac

Syrup of ipecac
cough medicine

Ipecac syrup is used as an expectorant in low amounts, but it also proved to be an effective emetic substance when used in higher doses. This medication is of plant origin, i.e., it is obtained from a rhizome and roots of Carapichea ipecacuanha. (6), (7)

Due to its ability to cause vomiting, the drug is deemed effective in eliminating poison from the stomach. It works in a similar fashion to emetine. It irritates the gastric mucosa stimulates the medullary chemoreceptors trigger zone, which in turn induces vomiting.

Bloodroot herb

Bloodroot herb

Despite the fact that the Bloodroot herb has a crucial medicinal application, it is known to cause nausea, which always leads to vomiting. So if you have this herb, you can consume it to vomit.

Just add a considerable amount of the bloodroot herb in a glass of water and take it. Within a few minutes, you’ll start feeling nauseated hence vomiting.

However, you need to be cautious because Bloodroot in higher doses is highly toxic.

Many reasons can make you throw up. However, it should not be a habit because throwing up wears out your teeth enamel and may cause injuries to your throat due to the stomach acid. Other effects of vomiting include:

  • Dehydration: vomiting causes loss of electrolytes
  • Development of eating disorders – bulimia (8)

Not unless it is absolutely necessary, throwing up should not be considered.

When to induce vomiting

Your body can remove substances that it does not require or those that are harmful, including chemicals and other toxic products. In case you consume any poisonous substances, consult your doctor immediately.  This way, you avert any severe side effects.

Side effects of throwing up

Frequent vomiting can have life-threatening implications. However, if throwing up occurs on its own, it can be a sign of serious conditions like meningitis, intestinal blockage, brain tumors, etc. (9), (10), (11)

A typical side effect of vomiting is dehydration because you lose a lot of electrolytes. This problem can be worse in children, especially if throwing up is accompanied by diarrhea. You can experience dried lips, sunken eyes, or a constant feeling of thirst.

If recurrent throwing up occurs during pregnancy, it might lead to fluid and mineral imbalances, a state that can endanger the life of both the mother and the unborn baby.

It is worth noting that vomiting excessively may tear the lining of the esophagus, but this is a rare state.


You should induce vomiting if you have been instructed to do so by a doctor or any other medical professional. The good thing is that medical professionals will give you instructions on how to safely induce throwing up.


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