It’s summer time so there is a lot more travelling as we take to the roads, seas and air for our vacation. It will also be the time when we will say or hear lots more of the dreaded “I am going to be sick”.
Travel Sickness is characterised by symptoms of nausea, dizziness, fatigue and vomiting. It can also be accompanied by pallor, sweating and increased salivation. It can occur in many transport modes including the car, boat and aeroplane.
Homeopathy has a number of remedies which are invaluable in helping cope with Travel Sickness. Here are a few key remedies that can be considered when symptoms match.
Aconite: Where fear and restlessness predominate with heat, dryness and a great thirst for cold drinks.
Borax: Symptoms predominate whenever there is a sudden downward motion such as during air turbulence during flights when the plane dips suddenly. This creates anxiety, confusion, fidgeting and distress. It is also useful for people who dread and fear the descent for landing.
Cocculus: Symptoms of nausea, dizziness, increased saliva and the person urgently want to lie down to prevent vomiting. They feel worse for sight or smell of food and even the thought of it can bring on the nausea.
Nux Vomica: Faint like feeling with nausea and the person feels sensitive to the slightest movement. Other symptoms can include splitting headache, indigestion and/or constipation. The mood is one of irritabitilty.
Petroleum: Nausea, dizziness, heavy headache, vomiting, cold sweat, ravenous hunger and eating temporarily brings relief, the person feel confused and is easily vexed. Fresh air aggravates the nausea.
Tabacum: This is extreme deathly nausea with intermittent violent nausea with vomiting from the slightest motion with an empty sinking feeling the stomach. There is a profuse cold sweat and the face is deathly pale and drawn and the person feels better in the cool fresh air. (opposite of Petroleum). The person may appear anxious and restless with starting during their sleep.
Practical measures include avoiding large meals or alcohol before travelling and avoid reading during your trip. Sip a drink or chew some ginger and sit with your head back or lie down and breath deeply.
If you travel regularily and suffer from travel sickness or motion sickness, consider a consultation to help rebalance the body to avoid continued repetition of symptoms.
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