The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Motion Sickness-

Caused by excessive stimulation of the balance area of the inner ear. Made worse by moving horizon, poor ventilation, and emotional upset, especially anxiety. The main symptoms are nausea and vomiting, but there may also be yawning, salivation, cold sweat, fatigue, dizziness, and headache. Conventional treatment includes the use of antihistamine medications.

Natural treatment includes sitting in the middle of ships and planes where there is the least motion and in the front seat of the car. Good ventilation, sips of fluids and keeping the vision above the horizon will help. Avoid reading, eating and alcohol.

Herb of choice
Ginger- Reduces all symptoms of motion sickness, in one study better than dramamine.
Liquid extract- 1 teaspoon 30 minutes before departure, then 1/2 teaspoon if symptoms start to occur, then 1/2-1 teaspoon every 4 hours as needed.
Dry herb in capsules- 1000mg 30 minutes before departure, then 500 mg if symptoms start to occur, then 500-1000 mg every 4 hours as needed.

Other herbs- Chamomile, Peppermint, Raspberry

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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