Herbs for Motion Sickness

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motion sickness

The most common problem which people face during travelling is motion sickness. It is a condition of nausea, vomiting dizziness and stomach ache during travelling. It result due to eyes perceiving one type of movement while brain itself is processing another. The phenomenon can effect anyone andIf you experience motion sickness, it doesn’t really matter what’s providing the motion. A car, bus, boat, airplane, carousal, even a swing can bring on dizziness and nausea.

Herbal remedies for motion sickness

  • Ginger (zinger officinale)

This root acts as a strong wind expeller that also settles the stomach. No car glove compartment or medicine cabinet should be without it. One study found root ginger more effective than either Dramamine or a placebo (fake pill) in fighting motion sickness. Research also says that ginger is effective in reducing nausea and vomiting after major and minor surgery. Be aware that ginger may be more effective when taken at least four hours before your car or boat ride.

Typical dosages: up to 500-600 milligram capsules per day: or 10 to 20 drops of tincture in water; or ½ to 1 teaspoon of the fresh ground root per day. Crystallized ginger or candied chunks of the root can also be eaten.

  • Peppermint (menthe x piperita)

Peppermint is one of the oldest and most used remedies for stomach upset, it helps in preventing vomiting and provide relief in stomach spasm.

Typical dosages: 10 to 20 drops of tincture in water after meal or before trips: or 1 cup of tea as needed.

  • Fennel (foeniculumvulgare)

The seeds of this herb have been used from 100 of year as and antispasmodics andgentle digestive aids. They can be especially helpful if that winding mountain road leads home from a favorite restaurant.

Typical dosage: up to 20 of the raw seeds chewed well, as needed; or up to 400 to 500 milligram capsules per day; or 1 cup of tea per day or 30 to 60 drops of tincture in water up to four times per day.

In addition to herbal treatment, here are a few more things you can do to minimize your chances of experiencing motion sickness.

  • Avoid alcohol, both before and during a trip.
  • If you are travelling by boat, stay in the middle of the boat and on the upper deck, if there is one.
  • If you’re in small stature, sit on a cushion so you can see straight ahead and focus on distant points.
  • Don’t sit in a seat that faces backwards.
  • Wear headphones and listen to soothing music.
  • Don’t take nutritional supplements on an empty stomach; they can cause nausea. Some prescription drugs also need to be taken with food; check the label carefully.
  • Avoid reading or other activities that cause you to put your head down. Likewise, don’t move your head round to converse.
  • Try an acupressure wristband, available in marine and travel shops. These devices use a trigger point in the wrist to calm nausea.
  • Avoid heavy meals with a high fat content, but don’t travel on an empty stomach either.
  • When booking a flight, reserve the low fat, vegetarian, low sodium, kosher or diabetic meal. Or skip the airline food and bring your own biscuits, melba toast, crystallized ginger or bananas. The goal is to avoid stomach- upsetting fats, but still have something to eat that easy on the digestion.
  • Keep your area well ventilated; overly warm or stuff conditions aggravate nausea.

Prepared: by Dr. ShivaniAmola

 

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