MOTION SICKNESS is surely one of the worst feelings in the world. First you feel weak, then you get dizzy, then nauseated, then you throw up. Some children get motion sick virtually ever time they go for a car ride. Some adults experience motion sickness for the first time when they go on that luxurious cruise--and spend the first three days confined to their cabin. Almost anyone can be vulnerable to motion sickness, though some people are more vulnerable than others: In one study where just over half of Caucasian and black subjects suffered from motion sickness, virtually all Chinese people got sick.
While motion sickness feels like it begins in your stomach, in fact it begins in your inner ear. Just recently we've learned that it's the disparity between what the eye reports seeing (a stable environment like the cabin of a ship) and what the inner ear knows is happening (the constant moving, rolling, and pitching of a moving ship) that causes the problem. The body reacts to this stress with an overproduction of hormones that eventually precipitates the dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, and nausea of motion sickness. Fortunately there is a good natural remedy for motion sickness: ginger. Ground gingerroot capsules, which you can find in any health food store, will help prevent motion sickness for most people. In fact, in some tests, ginger was proven more effective than Dramamine and, unlike Dramamine, has no side effects. I tell my patients who are prone to motion sickness or who are going on a sea voyage for the first time to lay in a store of ginger capsules. Take two or three an hour or so before leaving and one or two every three or four hours after that. You can also make a ginger tea by steeping peeled, chopped fresh ginger in boiling water for a few minutes. Iced ginger tea makes a good drink for any boating party.