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Motion sickness

Relieving motion sickness with homoeopathy

Motion sickness can occur in any means of transport: that is to say on a plane, train, boat or car. It is caused by the vehicle’s movements, which act on the organs that are located in the inner ear and that are responsible for regulating the body’s balance.  Homoeopathy provides several remedies that are effective in the treatment of motion sickness. Based on the disease’s symptoms, a patient will need to take one or more homoeopathic remedies. The medication intake needs to be carried out the day before departure, be renewed one hour before the start of the trip and finally be regularly taken during length of the journey. Once the symptoms have disappeared, the intakes can be spaced out.


Symptoms often begin with a general feeling of discomfort and vertigo. The affected person then feels nausea and sometimes abdominal pain before turning pale.He or she may start to sweat profusely and be subject to excessive salivation. All of these sensations usually result in vomiting, which has the effect of temporarily relieving the patient. During a long journey, especially when one travels by boat, the patient may be subject to heavy fatigue.

Some factors that are not related to transportation may also be provoke motion sickness. They are usually linked to environmental factors: tobacco smoke, pollution, poor ventilation, heavy weather, excessive heat, smell of food, inconvenient noises, etc.. Some factors are related to a person’s physical or mental state, as is the case for anxious patients or those going through a period of life that increases their sensitivity, such as pregnancy.

Treatment according to the symptoms

Before each trip, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Cocculus indicus 9 CH to alleviate the most troublesome symptoms. Borax 5 to 9 CH is recommended in case of dizzy spells that result from the formation of air pockets during plane travel. More generally, this remedy can relieve dizziness caused by all kinds of sudden downward movements, also occurring during car or boat travel. Meanwhile, Nux vomica is recommended in case of severe nausea, extreme weakness and hot flashes. Petroleum is indicated in case of cold sweats and sensitivity to the smell of exhaust gases.

Tabacum 5 to 9 CH can help a patient who is pale and in need of fresh air. Coculus indicus 5 to 9 CH is also indicated when a person is sensitive to the vehicle’s every movement, but also if that person feels sensations of weakness in the head and legs in addition to being prone to nausea and dizziness. Finally, it is advisable for anxious persons as well as those suffering from seasickness to take five granules of Ignatia Amara 9 CH once or several times a day. For best efficiency, the first remedy intake needs to occur 3 days before departure, before being renewed throughout the journey, and even prolonged a week after arrival.

When should you consult a doctor?

The treatment of motion sickness with homoeopathy is safe and treatment proves to effective, so long as the indications for use are thoroughly respected. However this treatment is reserved for temporary ailments of low intensity. If the symptoms persist beyond 48 hours, it is advisable to consult a doctor. In all of the following cases, it is also recommended to seek medical attention: if the motion sickness affects a young child or infant if he or she is subject to simultaneous diarrhoea and vomiting, or if vomiting is accompanied by a state confusion, a high fever or pain. It is also necessary to see a doctor in case the affected person vomits blood, if that person is elderly and subject to repeated vomiting and diarrhoea, or if vomiting suddenly occurs after a dizzy spell.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “motion sickness”

Associated treatments

•    Borax
•    Cocculus Indicus
•    Ignatia Amara
•    Nux Vomica
•    Petroleum
•    Tabacum

Associated pathologies

•    Anxiety

Good to know: Homoeopathy effectively treats all of the symptoms that may affect a person suffering from motion sickness, such as dizziness, nausea, sweating and vomiting. The homoeopathic remedies can be used to prevent the onset of symptoms or to cure the ones that are already present.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.