Of course, stopping the motion is the best method in eliminating that feeling of nausea — but if it was not caused by motion sickness, airsickness or seasickness in the first place, that particular treatment and solution is rendered useless. Besides, when was the last time anyone was able to stop an airplane in mid-air during a flight?
Are Ginger Root Capsules the Answer?
One remedy — as highly recommended in this article at Frequent Miler — is to take ginger root capsules. While I agree that ginger can help, I do not believe in taking medications or supplements. Rather, I prefer to ingest ginger through food or drink.
If you really need to use ginger, try drinking some ginger ale which contains real ginger as an ingredient — and do not add ice, as it could dilute the ginger ale as it melts. I usually keep some ginger ale stored in my home in case I experience nausea — although it has been years since that has happened — as I find that the carbonation has helped to reduce the discomfort caused by nausea. Some airlines do serve ginger ale as part of their in-flight service.
I am probably biased, because I enjoy drinking ginger ale with lunch or dinner; but those two meals are the only times I usually drink a carbonated beverage. I also like gingerbread and ginger snaps; and those items might work for nausea as well.
However, there could be potential risks associated with the ingestion of the tasty root — especially if you take too much of it.
Ginger may also lead to bloating and flatulence due to gas; upset stomach; mouth irritation; and even a skin rash when ingesting too much ginger.
You may need to seek advice from a medical expert before using ginger as a treatment for nausea if you:
Have a bleeding disorder
Have diabetes; or
Have heart problems
The Free Simple Trick for Nausea
Before trying ginger root capsules, you can employ the following simple trick — about which I first wrote in this article back on Saturday, August 30, 2014 — to combat motion sickness, airsickness and seasickness; and it will cost you nothing at all. You do not need any tools or other aids to do it. Best of all, I know of no adverse side effects to this trick.
Simply hold one wrist tightly with your other hand, ensuring that your thumb places pressure across and underneath your wrist — as shown in the photograph at the top of this article.
Although there is little scientific evidence that this simple trick is proven to be effective, it was successful for me and other people whom I know.
If the nausea is caused by a physical ailment — as the result of food poisoning, a disease or an injury as three examples — then this simple trick will most likely not work. Consult with a medical professional for a proper diagnosis if you are uncertain as to the source of the nausea.
I read with interest this article written by Vera H-C Chan for Yahoo! Health about how to conquer motion sickness and expected to find that aforementioned trick to which I referred — but it was nowhere in sight in the article; but it does discuss possible remedies and “coping mechanisms” for motion sickness which could work for you:
While in a car, avoid close-up activities such as knitting, reading, or playing mobile video games.
Lean your head against the headrest and close your eyes; and wear headphones if you are listening to music
Do deep-controlled breathing exercises
Stay hydrated with clear liquids without alcohol — such as water, seltzer, or clear lemon-lime soda
Taking ginger — whether in pill, cookie or root form — although I would think that the liquid form better known as ginger ale could also work
Focus on the horizon or a still object in the distance, which can help block out the bumps and jolts
You may not need to purchase a bottle of 100 ginger root capsules costing at least $6.99 — unless that is an option of last resort when no other option is effective; and even then it is not guaranteed to work.
Additionally, you could take medications to treat motion sickness; but sometimes the medications could exacerbate the nausea. However — as I have mentioned in the past — I generally do not believe in taking medications or supplements unless absolutely necessary.
Not every potential cure will work for everyone; but the aforementioned simple trick I imparted to you is an easy method which you can quickly implement at no cost before you try the other methods — including ginger…
…and if ginger does work for you, try it in the form of food or drink. Only take it as a supplement or pill if nothing else works for you.