Motion Sickness

Also indexed as:Car Sickness, Sea Sickness, Travel Nausea
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Primary Remedies

Bryonia

A 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.

Cocculus indicus

This remedy relieves motion sickness with vertigo and feeling weak, and improved by heat.

Other Remedies

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

This relieves travel sickness, especially in planes during downward acceleration.

Ipecac

This remedy relieves nausea and vomiting with hypersalivation and a clean tongue. Vomiting doesn't relieve nausea.

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

This remedy relieves motion sickness improved by eating and by heat.

Sepia

This 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 sour things.

Tabacum

This remedy relieves nausea from motion sickness, accompanied by hypersalivation, aggravated by the slightest movement, and improved by fresh air or closing the eyes.

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The information presented here is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.