Nausea is that distinctively unpleasant sensation you get in your stomach that's sometimes followed by vomiting. It's a non-specific symptom that has a number of causes. For example, you might experience nausea after eating a big meal or when you have an intestinal virus. Nausea can also be a reaction to a medication or a symptom of a medical condition. Some people experience nausea when they travel by car or by air, a common condition called motion sickness. Fortunately, you don't have to fear traveling if you suffer from motion sickness. There are a variety of ways to ease that sick feeling in the pit of your tummy so you can enjoy traveling again. read more about nausea and motion sickness »
Doctors often recommend taking a non-prescription anti-nausea medication that contains either dimenhydrinate or meclizine for patients that have motion sickness when they travel. Dimenhydrinate and meclizine are antihistamines that help to ease nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness. When you take anti-nausea medication formulated with one of these ingredients prior to a trip, it helps to prevent the unpleasant queasiness that is so common among motion sickness sufferers. Both of these medications can cause drowsiness, although Dimenhydrinate usually causes more drowsiness than meclizine. They aren't a suitable choice if you're driving or need to stay awake for any reason. Meclizine is also helpful for relieving the dizziness that sometimes accompanies motion sickness.
Natural Approaches to Relieving Digestion and Nausea Issues
Ginger has been used for centuries to ease nausea and minor digestive upset. Research shows it's more effective than a placebo for relieving nausea due to motion sickness, chemotherapy and post-surgical nausea. It also appears to be safe and effective for relieving pregnancy-related nausea due to morning sickness, although it's important to talk to your doctor before using any medication or supplement if you're pregnant. The active ingredients are compounds called gingerols and shogaols that impact intestinal motility. Ginger is an ingredient in some non-prescription products used to ease nausea and motion sickness.
Peppermint oil is another natural remedy for mild digestive upset. A small study showed it was effective for relieving nausea after surgery. There's also preliminary evidence that it eases symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome but more research is needed. Peppermint is available as enteric-coated gel caps that are resistant to stomach acid and can successfully reach the intestines to offer benefits.
Another natural approach to relieving nausea due to motion sickness is acupressure. There are wrist bands specifically made for this purpose. These bands apply light pressure to strategic points on your wrist called acupoints to help ease nausea and help restore digestive balance. In one study, acupressure helped to relieve nausea and vomiting in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. However, not enough research has been done to confirm these findings. The advantage of an acupressure wrist band is its lack of side effects and ease of use. Simply put one on before or during your travels to keep unpleasant symptoms of motion sickness in check.
As you can see there are a number of approaches to relieving nausea and motion sickness. Ask your doctor which is right for you.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.