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March 23, 2008

Remedies for Motion Sickness

Travel by plane, car, and boat can cause nausea and vomiting, which is also known as motion sickness. Symptomatic relief is often necessary to relieve misery, prevent dehydration, and to avoid disrupting travel plans. If vomiting is extreme or there are signs of severe dehydration, immediate medical help should be sought.

Homeopathic remedies can be taken two to three times a day, beginning two days prior to a long trip. If necessary, they can be continued during the trip. For a short trip, the first dose should be given more than one hour before departure.

ARGENTUM NITRICUM

Dizziness, nausea, and vomiting suggest this remedy, especially if the person is excitable and anxious. The person may also feel claustrophobic and/or have a fear of flying.

BORAX

Fear of downward motion, such as during the landing of an airplane, suggests a need for this remedy.

COCCULUS INDICUS

This is the most popular remedy for motion sickness. Nausea, especially when it worsens with the sight or smell of food, is a keynote of this remedy. The person may feel extremely weak and dizzy and have to lie down, or may have an empty or hollow feeling in the stomach. Symptoms may be worse after becoming cold, moving about, or from lack of sleep. This remedy is often used for car or sea sickness, when even watching moving objects worsens the nausea and dizziness.

KALI BICHROMICUM

This remedy is used for seasickness. It is often used for severe nausea and dizziness that is worse from standing up. The person may feel weak and achy, especially in the bony areas of the face or head. The vomit may be bright yellow.

NUX VOMICA

If a person has severe nausea with an intense headache that may be at the back of the head or over one eye, this remedy should come to mind. The person desires warmth and loathes food, tobacco and coffee. There may also be bloating, gagging, and possibly retching with nothing coming up.

PETROLEUM

Persistent nausea with an empty feeling in the stomach suggests this remedy, especially if the person feels a little better after warmth and eating food. There may be excessive salivation, stomach pain, and pain or stiffness at the back of the head or neck. The person may feel worse with light, noise, or when attempting to sit up.

RHUS TOXICODENDRON

This remedy is often used for airsickness when there is nausea and vomiting but no appetite. The person may feel very giddy when attempting to sit up, may have an intense headache around the forehead, and his or her scalp may feel sensitive to the touch. There may also be dryness of the mouth and throat and unquenchable thirst.

TABACUM

If a person is nauseous, faint, green, extremely pale, icy cold, or very tired with a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach, this remedy may be indicated. These symptoms may also be accompanied by a cold sweat, yellow or yellow-green vomit and a headache that feels like a tight band pulled around the head. The person may feel better with cold, fresh air, or when closing the eyes, and worse with any movement.

Posted on March 23, 2008 02:04 AM

Written by Linda Lloyd, MLCHom, DipHEAR, FARH
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