To illustrate the use of homeopathy in motion sickness, here is a true story. One of my friends who is a psychiatrist trained in homeopathy told me about a new patient who came to her to have a Xanax prescription renewed (Xanax is a benzodiazepine used to treat high anxiety and panic attack). The patient was a young and active woman and my friend questioned her about the reasons for taking such a medicine. It all started with motion sickness she said… The patient who had been car sick for a long time saw her symptoms getting worse and worse: it was now happening even when she was the driver, and even on a flat and straight road. It was to a point that she had to stop frequently to vomit, and you and I know how difficult it is to stop on the road in LA, especially on a freeway! What made it worse was the fact that her job required her to drive everyday. So as a result, because her apprehension towards driving grew more and more, she also develop anxiety. And that is why she was using Xanax. She had tried the usual anti-motion sickness medications, but she was not getting consistent results and did not want their side-effects. My friend offered to prescribe the right homeopathic medicine for her which happened to be Tabacum. She associated it with Argentum nitricum which is for certain types of anxiety. The results are amazing and the motion sickness has greatly diminished. She does not take Xanax, she does not even need Argentum nitricum anymore since she has no more anxiety. She only carries Tabacum with her and uses it when she needs it.
We do not know exactly what causes motion sickness, but here is the theory:
It happens when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain (for example, from inside a ship’s cabin, your inner ear may sense rolling motions that your eyes cannot see.)
This mainly happens when there is unintentional movement of the body like when you are in a car, an airplane or a boat. It is also more likely to occur with complex types of movement, especially movements that are slow or involve two different directions (for example, vertical and horizontal) at the same time.
It makes good sense when you look into the origin of the word nausea and you see that the Greek work ”nausia” (”naus” meaning ship) and the Latin ”nausea” meant seasickness.
It seems that levels of neurotransmitters such as histamine, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine are involved. That is why many of the drugs that are used to treat motion sickness are influencing the levels of those neurotransmitters and therefore have sides effects (mainly drowsiness and dry mouth).
Most cases of motion sickness are mild and self-treatable. However, in some extreme cases it deserves the attention of a physician with special skill in diseases of the balance, and the nervous system
Petroleum 6C: 5 pellets 1 h before the trip, 5 pellets on board before departure and then as necessary. Specifically efficient in seasickness that happens on an empty stomach (you usually feel better by eating before getting on board and by closing your eyes).
There are also 2 other very efficient medicines for motion sickness: use them the same way (5 pellets 1 h before, 5 pellets before departure and then as necessary)
Tabacum 6C: This is the typical treatment when you need fresh air (open the window in a car, or go on the deck)
Cocculus 6C: If you need heat and confinement (and cannot stand the smell of tobacco), Cocculus is for you.
If you have mixed symptoms, just alternate those 3 medicines. I hope I have been of some help. I was always quite prone to motion sickness, so I know what it is!