Motion sickness: Don’t let it stop you from enjoying your vacation!

Take one of these and enjoy it!

Take one of these and enjoy it!

Since working on the Coral Princess in 2010, I’ve treated a lot of patients for motion sickness. Some passengers were so bad off that even their prescription medication was no match for the “motion of the ocean.” And that’s exactly when I stepped in. It’s not to say that I’m a super-hero but Chinese medicine does offer some good points for motion sickness. Take PC 6, the famous acupuncture point used for thousands of years for morning sickness in pregnancy. Or, ST 36 , another amazing acupuncture point that harmonizes the digestion to ease vomiting and heartburn.

But, I never work alone. I always suggest that patients have other tools at their disposal as well. I suggest buying the SeaBand or some other brand of acupressure wristband. It is meant to stimulate PC 6 on the inner wrist. Place these bands on both wrists an hour or two before your journey to allow the bands to do their work. Ginger is the go-to food that soothes an upset stomach and stops nausea in it’s tracks. Even the candy helps. Yes, I said it. Candy. And, if you don’t like ginger, opt for peppermint tea. B6 is supposed to help as well (100mg, 2 times daily, 2 or 3 days before your trip.) Finally, on a more personal note, if you are flying, please try to avoid airplane food. It is usually processed and therefore could be full of preservatives. On my flight home from Europe, I became very ill and made my husband pull the car over twice on the way home so that I could “eliminate” whatever was bothering me. It wasn’t pretty or romantic. I strongly recommend taking your own healthy snacks. Do it for me.

Happy Vacation Season!