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Homeopathy Treatment for MOTION SICKNESS

A patient complains of vertigo, faint feeling, apathy or depression, and shows sweating, pallor, flushing of face and tachycardia. Vomiting occurs only at sea, in cars, trains, elevatours, roundabouts, swing or while flying. The condition is MOTION SICKNESS.


Motion sickness is thought to be caused by conflicting signals in the inner ear, eyes, and sensory receptors.

Motion is sensed by the brain through different pathways of the nervous system including the inner ear, the eyes, and the tissues of the body surface.

When the body is moved intentionally, for example when walking, the input from all of the pathways are coordinated by our brain.

The symptoms of motion sickness appear when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from the sensory systems: the inner ear, eyes, skin pressure receptors, and the muscle and joint sensory receptors.

As an example, if someone is sat on a boat or in a car (not looking out of a window), their inner ears sense movement up and down, left and right, but their eyes see a static view, as if they are not moving at all. It is hypothesized that the conflict among the inputs is responsible for motion sickness.


Serious symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • pallor
  • sweating
  • drooling
  • short breath
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness

Other common signs are:

  • sweating
  • a general feeling of discomfort
  • not feeling well (malaise)

Mild symptoms are categorized as:

  • headache
  • mild unease
  • yawning

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Homoeopathic Treatment

The cause of this feelings is the effect of acceleration- linear, angular, vertical, etc, on the labyrinths. This is common in subjects of frequent migraine attacks. These may persist for sometime after the cause and then may settle down. Adults may adapt to air travel. Rest in bed is advised and very light food is given in small quantity.

Cocculus indicus is the most useful remedy. Sick headache from carriage riding, with a sense of emptiness in the head. Pain in the occiput is worse on lying on the head. And better by bending backwards. Aversion to food, but there is a desire for cold drinks. Along with vertigo, there is nausea and vomiting which is closely related to car or sea sickness. Palpitation, worse in the morning. It also helps the sensitive condition caused by loss of sleep or night watching.

Petroleum is indicated for vertigo and heaviness often associated with nausea and bilious vomiting. This nausea with or without vomiting is one of the grand characteristics of this remedy and it is worse by motion in a carriage, car or at sea. It is one of the first remedies to be through of in train sickness or sea sickness.

Conium maculatum is an old persons remedy, worse from the seeing moving objects and alcohol. Turning in bed causes vertigo, vertigo on lying down and turning over in bed, turning head sideways or turning eyes, worse shaking the head. Attacks of sick feeling from seeing moving objects.