Seasickness, Precautions and Holistic Cures

November 19, 2009

cruise_ships_at_grand_turkJust the thought of going on cruise leaves many people feeling squeamish. Most people, especially the first time travelers, experience seasickness or motion sickness on a cruise or ship. It is also known as mal de mer. The continuous movement of cruise puts stress over the balancing part of the brain. The human brain is used to seeing the walls and other items still and motionless, but naturally on a cruise these things are in continuous motion. Due to this the inner ear gets confused and stressed and so does the brain, which leads to nausea.

Seasickness is temporary conditions and usually disappears after few days as the brain adjusts to the cruise motion. As a matter of fact, people who stay on ship for long time face trouble in adjusting to the motion-free land.

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Who gets seasick and why?
Seasickness is quite common and almost ninety percent of the people are affected by it. People who feel sick while traveling in airplanes, cars or other amusement rides are somewhat more vulnerable to seasickness. Seasickness is not predictable; it may affect some and may not affect some. The acuteness of seasickness also differs from person to person.

There are few things that are known to trigger seasickness. It is best to avoid them:
1.    Do not go down the deck on the ship for long durations. Even if you have to then try and look out of a window or a porthole on the horizon in a gazing manner (don’t fix your gaze).
2.    Do not peer through your binoculars for extended period of time.
3.    Avoid doing things that involve staring at objects such as reading a book or doing needlework.

How to avoid seasickness?
You are on a cruise!!! So have the time of your life. Keep our mind occupied with fun filled things. Stay on the deck, sun gazing, and breathe in the fresh air. Drink lot of water as well. When you are on the deck face forward rather than looking on the sides. Do not go empty stomach for long hours, eat small servings but do not stuff yourself either.

Herbal Cures for Seasickness
Ginger is the most effective seasickness remedy. Ginger helps in combating nausea. The best way to take ginger on a ship or cruise is in the form of ginger tea.

Ginger tea recipe: Take a teaspoonful of crushed ginger and boil it in about 25oz water for ten minutes. Strain and drink it in the form of tea. You can add honey for flavor. Ginger tea can be taken about three to four times in a day while onboard.

Ginger herbal capsules are also easily available at most herbal stores. Two capsules, one in the morning and other before sleeping should suffice.

Wrist Band Remedy for Seasickness
Wrist bands are popularly used in acupressure to ease the symptoms of several health problems. Wrist bands have been known to provide relief from seasickness. There is a particular point about one and a half inch above wrist on the underside of your hand where the wrist band should be worn to apply pressure. Many people have quoted that they experienced immense relief in seasickness with the help of wrist bands. The wrist bands are easily available and can also be purchased online.

You may or may not suffer from seasickness. But as we know that precaution is far better than cure, carry a wrist band and ginger capsules with you, it won’t add much weight. Bon Voyage!!!

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