Motion Sickness Natural Medicine and Remedies

Motion sickness is most frequently caused by recurring movement in the form of both acceleration and deceleration in linear and angular forms of travel. Symptoms may include vomiting and nausea, headache, dizziness, general discomfort, and fatigue any of which may be fore fronted by salivation, pale complexion, yawning, cold sweat and sleepiness. After symptoms of nausea and vomiting appear, people with motion sickness usually become weak and are not able to focus.

Herbs that may be useful for people who experience motion sickness

There has been enough research performed to suggest that the herb ginger to be useful in both preventing and treating mild to moderate motion sickness. One study, involving a group of individuals prone to motion sickness, found taking supplementing with ginger was relatively more effective at relieving the symptoms of motion sickness than taking dimenhydrinate, (Dramamine®) a common medication prescribes to those suffering from motion sickness. Another study involving sea sailing naval cadets, observed that when compared with a placebo, cadets who took suppplemented ginger root reported nearly 40 less cases of seasickness and over 70 less incidents of vomiting. Often when doctors who recommend ginger for the prevention and treatment of motion sickness recommend that adults to take about 500mg of ginger one hour before traveling and then 500mg every two to four hours as needed there after. Children are usually given half the adult dose.

Current research suggests that the positive results of ginger, with regards to motion sickness, are related to its effect on the gastrointestinal tract and not an effect on the central nervous system.

Supporting Literature

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