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Remedies for On-Land Motion Sickness

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author image Sarah Harding
Sarah Harding has written stacks of research articles dating back to 2000. She has consulted in various settings and taught courses focused on psychology. Her work has been published by ParentDish, Atkins and other clients. Harding holds a Master of Science in psychology from Capella University and is completing several certificates through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.
Remedies for On-Land Motion Sickness
Ginger root and honey tea. Photo Credit meteo021/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Motion sickness has several other names depending on the cause, including airsickness, carsickness and seasickness. Symptoms of on-land motion sickness, or carsickness, can set in as soon as the car starts moving. It is possible to develop on-land motion sickness in a train or even on an amusement ride. Remedies may effectively reduce symptoms for some individuals, but others may try everything and still suffer.

VItamin B6

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists vitamin B6 supplements as one possible treatment and preventive aid for on-land motion sickness. This supplement can be taken daily, especially leading up to the expected motion sickness trigger, such as a road trip.

Eat

Individuals can determine if eating before or during a bout of motion sickness is helpful or harmful. Eating crackers or other carbohydrate foods may soothe the stomach and reduce nausea and vomiting. It may also make things worse. Spicy foods, greasy items and alcohol can all exacerbate symptoms of motion sickness. MayoClinic.com warns against overeating prior to or during a trip to reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting.

Drink

Like food, drinks may increase or decrease motion sickness symptoms. Carbonated beverages, such as soda water, may add enough activity to the stomach to keep things settled.

Change Focus

Watching the scenery whiz by will aggravate motion sickness in most people. Instead, the focus should be placed far ahead on an object that is not moving, such as the horizon, or the eyes should be closed. Individuals should attempt to keep the head as still as possible, such as resting it against a seat or a pillow. MayoClinic.com advises against reading while traveling.

Antihistamine

MayoClinic.com suggests taking an antihistamine at least 30 to 60 minutes before traveling. Drowsiness is a common side effect of this type of drug.

Anti-Nausea Drugs

Antiemetics, or anti-nausea medications, are often prescribed to prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy or with other similar situations. This type of drug is available by prescription only and can have other side effects such as constipation.

Scopolamine

Scopolamine is a prescription adhesive patch that is applied behind the ear several hours before a planned trip. MayoClinic.com points out that it offers 72-hour protection from motion sickness symptoms.

Acupressure

Acupressure utilizes certain points in the body to diminish motion sickness symptoms. The points that apply to this are found in the wrist. Acupressure-point wrist bracelets work by applying pressure to an area of your wrist that fends off nausea. These bracelets may work for all types of motion sickness.

Ginger Root

MotherNature.com indicates ginger root to be effective in remedying nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, because it is thought to absorb the acids and block nasuea in the gastorintestinal tract. Ginger can be eaten raw, taken as a capsule, made into a soup or steeped in tea.

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