Sea Sickness

Bryan gets sea sick but has controlled it much better with his vibrating wrist band as detailed in section 3 below. He hasn’t been sick for 2 weeks now, touchwood.

Sea Sickness Remedies


1 – Natural

One common suggestion is to simply gaze toward the horizon in the direction of travel. This helps to re-orient the inner sense of balance by providing a visual reaffirmation of motion.

In the night, or in a ship without windows, it is helpful to simply close one’s eyes, or if possible, take a nap. This resolves the input conflict between the eyes and the inner ear. Napping also helps prevent psychogenic effects (i.e. the effect of sickness being magnified by thinking about it). A bit difficult if you are on watch.

A simple method for relieving common and mild sea sickness is chewing. Chewing gum has an uncanny effectiveness for reducing sea sickness in those affected. Chewing gum, however, is not the only thing one may chew to relieve mild effects of sea sickness, snacking on lollies or just chewing in general seems to reduce adverse effects of the conflict between vision and balance. We always have a good supply of snakes on hand.

Fresh, cool air can also relieve motion sickness slightly, although it is likely this is related to avoiding foul odors which can worsen nausea particuar downstairs in the cabin.

2 – Chemical

Over-the-counter and prescription medications are readily available, such as Travacalm Blue (dimenhydrinate), Stugeron (cinnarizine), Travacalm Red or Kwells (Hyoscine Hydrobromide) and Stemetil (Prochlorperazine). These tender to knock you out or leave you with a very dry mouth. They are only effective if taken before you feel sick.

Ginger root is commonly thought to be an effective anti-emetic such as Travacalm Orange . One trial review indicated that sucking on crystallized ginger or sipping ginger tea can help to relieve the nausea, while an earlier study indicated that it had only a placebo effect. Tests conducted on the television show Mythbusters support the theory that ginger is an effective treatment for the nausea caused by motion.Ginger is reported to calm the pyloric valve located at the base of the stomach. This relaxation of the valve allows the stomach to operate normally whereby the contents will enter the small intestine instead of being retained within the stomach. It is this undesirable effect of retention in the stomach that eventually results in vomiting. Vomiting is not seasickness but is only a symptom or side effect; although the effect most commonly associated with seasickness.

3 – Mechanical

I’m using a electronic acupressure point massager with seems to work well and has no side effects. It’s a DM-800 motion control wrist band which has a 15 minute cycle and adjustable vibration level. You place it on underside of your left hand wrist and tighten it up. After a few minutes, you get a mild numbing sensation through your palm and the feeling of sea sickness lessens dramatically. It’s about $60 and doesn’t have the nasty side effects of the chemical remedies.

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