ImageRecently a colleague asked me for suggestions for remedies that might help with her body’s responses to international travel. She experiences sleep disturbance, a weak feeling in her body and feelings of disorientation for several days upon arrival. She has tried one of the combination homeopathic remedies for jet lag, but found it did not help her symptoms and in fact made her feel worse.

Cocculus Indicus is one of the most common remedies indicated for the woozy, disoriented feeling when you travel to a destination many time zones away. I recommended to my friend that she take Cocculus indicus in a 30C potency, one pellet every 12 hours, starting up to 2 days before her flight. Depending on how she is feeling, she can continue this for up to 3 days after she arrives.

A common symptom long distance travellers experience is swelling of the feet and ankles. In addition to wearing socks and footwear that are not binding, getting up to move around the cabin frequently can be helpful. Urtica Urens tincture can also be helpful to combat postural oedema. I suggest patients take 5 drops every 6 hours starting 24 hours before and throughout the airline journey. It can be continued for the first day or so after arrival if necessary.

Note: Urtica urens tincture is not recommended if you suffer from hepatic disease or seizures or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. In that case you could take Urtica Urens 30C 3 doses per day starting 24 hours prior, during travel and for a day or so following. Because homeopathic remedies are diluted and succussed many times they are non-toxic and safe for use for everyone.

Some people suffer from a fear of heights and/or claustrophobia when travelling on an aircraft. Argentum nitricum 30C can help with the feelings of anxiety related to the fears of being in a confined space. Take one dose a few hours before departure and then every 2 to 4 hours depending on the degree of anxiety experienced.

For the fear of descending, or an extreme reaction to the sudden drops from air pockets or turbulence, consider Borax 30C. One or two doses an hour or two before landing, or every 2 hours if on a very turbulent flight should be helpful.

Hopefully the above will help you to have an enjoyable journey and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy your destination.