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Motion sickness often needs immediate
attention, both to relieve the person’s misery and to prevent
disruption of a trip. Sometimes, as in the case of sea or air
sickness, it is impossible to leave the vehicle—so bringing along
a kit of remedies can be a good idea. (If vomiting is extreme or a
person shows signs of dehydration, a physician should be consulted.)
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Argentum nitricum: Indications for
this remedy include dizziness, faintness, nausea, retching, and
possibly balance or perception problems. The person may feel
claustrophobic or be extremely anxious and excitable. Eating too
much sweet or salty food may have contributed to the problem.
Arsenicum album: A
person who needs this remedy is likely to be very anxious and feel
both restless and exhausted. Nausea and vomiting can be accompanied
by burning pain. The sight and smell of food, or odors of any kind,
may make the nausea unbearable. The person may feel a burning
sensation in the throat or stomach and want frequent sips of water.
Borax: Indications for this remedy
include nausea, gas, and possibly diarrhea. The person has a fear of
any downward motion (as is felt on a plane or roller coaster) and
can be made sick by it. The person may also be very sensitive to
noise, warm temperatures, and cigarette smoke.
person needing this remedy usually wants to stay completely still
and not be talked to or touched. Nausea and vomiting, with pain and
pressure in the stomach, can be worse from even minor movements. The
person may have a dry mouth and want cold drinks.
for this remedy include dizziness, palpitations, headache, numbness,
and an empty or hollow feeling in various parts of the body. The
person may talk nervously, yawn, or tremble, and is likely to feel
extremely weak. Problems are often worse after getting cold, and
from not getting enough sleep.
Kali bichromicum: This
remedy is indicated when vertigo and nausea are intense, and bright
yellow fluid is vomited. The person feels worse from standing up,
and can be very weak. Aching may be felt in facial bones or in small
spots on the head. This remedy is often helpful during seasickness.
Petroleum: A feeling of empty
nausea in the stomach, accompanied by cold sweat and excessive
salivation can indicate this remedy. An ache in the back of the head
and neck may be present. Food and warmth may bring some mild relief.
remedy is indicated when the person (often a woman or child) feels
dizzy and irritable, and the nausea is made worse by lying on one
side. A headache will often accompany these problems. The sight of
food can intensify the nausea, although the person may still want
for this remedy include violent nausea and vomiting with a terrible
sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach, pale face, cold sweat,
and icy feet and hands. Some relief may come from breathing cold,
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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