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Cure motion sickness?

Posted by C.L. R.

Has anybody ever tried acupuncture for this or have any additional cures other than ginger, dramamine/bonine and sea bands? Thanks!
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I Swear by This . I floated around the islands for 6 weeks. I had a great time. I loved it when the ship sailed at night because it would put me to a nice, deep sleep. But, when the ship sailed at awaking hours -- boy, did I have a tough time some times. My stomach would get queasy. I hated it. My friend kept talking about popcorn. When we sailed at night, she'd wake up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach, eat popcorn and go right back to sleep like a nothing to it. I never knew what she was talking about until she told me one day when it was unbearable for me. She told me that when you get seasick or motion sickness, the stomach gets real acidity. The popcorn absorbs the acid in the stomach, and then you feel better. So, I tried the popcorn and never had a problem after that. Of course, after 4 weeks I had my sea legs. The solution is (and you have to practice): You can't resist the motion of the ship, you need to "go with the flow." Oh and then, there is Airborne products, too. I have never used them, but some people have and swear by them. I hope this helps.
Try a Hershey's Kiss. The only thing that works for me is chocolate. When I begin to feel queasy I put a small piece of chocolate on my tongue and let it melt. Usually a couple of small pieces does the trick. Dark chocolate is my favorite
A natural remedy. Ground ginger root capsules are a wonderful natural alternative for motion sickness. I always take them with me when I travel by plane, and I can definitely attest to their awesomeness!

Fortunately, the homeopathic remedies Petroleum, Tabacum or Cocculus can all help with this problem, and avoid the side effects of drowsiness dry mouth that you might notice from conventional motion sickness treatments.  Homeopathic remedies are free from toxic side-effects, and are safe for all ages.

Homeopathy works best when remedies are specially selected to match the individual patient and their particular symptoms, so the choice of which remedy is right for your motion sickness depends on how you experience your particular motion sickness symptoms. 

For example, if you get a deathly nausea with a terrible faint, sinking feeling in the stomach and you feel as though you want your abdomen uncovered, you could try a few doses of Tabacum 6c or 30c, stopping on improvement. 

Professional homeopaths study for a fair few years to learn how to choose the correct remedy for each individual, so your local homeopath can help you to choose the right remedy for you.  Alternatively, there are homeopaths like me who have an international client base, treating via phone, email or Skype.

If you prefer to treat yourself, but you don't fancy reading up on the remedies to find out which would suit you best, you could try this one-size-fits-most combination:  Cocculus indicus 30c + Petroleum 6c + Tabacum 6c. 

A good homeopathic pharmacy can make this up for you, or it should be available from any good homeopath.

For a prolonged trip, start taking this two days before travelling, and take three times daily until the trip is over.  For a short trip, such as a day's outing, start the remedyat least an hour before you go in the car, and take every 15-30 minutes as needed through the journey.  In either scenario, stop taking the remedy as soon as you feel that it's working:  with homeopathy, less is more!

One non-homeopathic common sense precaution that is worth following is to ensure that you avoid heavy or greasy meals before the journey.

I hope this information is helpful, and do contact me, or your local professional homeopath, if you need more advice.

Disclaimer: Any views or advice in this comment should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, especially if you know you have a specific health complaint. Prescribed medication should not be stopped or varied without conventional medical advice. Please remember that homeopathic remedies and other health measures should be individually-selected to match the whole person, not just the unwelcome symptom. Seek professional advice rather than self-prescribing if your complaint is chronic, severe or long-standing, or if you are pregnant, elderly or on orthodox medications.

Hi C.L.R.,


For my part, I've grown up with acupuncture as a common treatment for a wide variety of injury and illness.  And it can be effective for motion sickness whether it be by air, car, or sea.


Other suggestions are to use essential oils which are also very effective.  Lavender oil is known as an universal oils as there are a multitude of uses for it.  To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue and around the navel or behind the ears.   **You must be sure to use medicinal grade lavender oil which can be consumed internally.** 

I get my oils from Young Living Essential Oils and they also have a couple of oil blends (Di-Gize and M-Grain) which can be applied in the same way.  You can also apply a drop or 2 of the oil blends to the feet, temples, and wrists, or onto the hands and stir in a clockwise motion, apply behind the ears, rub your hands together, and cup over the nose and mouth and breathe deeply.


Other oils for suggested use are peppermint, spearmint, or nutmeg (aside from ginger oil which is in Di-Gize).  Check out

Hi C.L.R.

I just posted an article on aromatherapy and motion sickness on The Healthy Moms blog.  You might find some of the ideas helpful!

Be well, Jen

Yes, I have treated this in my practice.  Yes, with success.  You can find a practitioner at

Get lots of rest before your trip.

Make sure you're well hydrated prior to travel.  Water and fruit help.  We love coconut water!

Eat high quality foods prior to travel (we suggest this is a consistent lifestyle choice).  Avoid acid, heavy, slow to digest and greasy foods before your trip.  Avoid coffee.

Do not skip eating prior to travel. 

Do not consume alcohol, as this tends to cause dehydration. 

If sailing, stay out of direct sunlight and avoid being below deck in cabin.  Find a breezy, shady spot in the open air in the center of the boat.  Steering the boat will help, too. 

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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