As we head closer to the holiday season, it may be timely to talk about the many and varied things that can befall the traveller and the means by which these things may be managed. Homeopathic medicines have the capacity to deal with most of these issues quickly and effectively. They take up a minimum of luggage space, are relatively simple to use and as such they’re ideally suited for use when you’re away from home.
The following list of maladies and medicines cover most of the acute and self-limiting issues that one may encounter while travelling. For more chronic situations, or conditions that fail to respond to the appropriate remedy in a reasonable period of time, the services of a competent professional, preferably a homeopath, should be sought.
Altitude sickness Coca (where this remedy is legally available)
Arsenicum album or Cactus grandiflorus may be suitable alternatives.
Anxiety Gelsemium – with weakness
Bruising Arnica – worse for damp cold
Ledum– better for cold
Chilblains Calc carb– worse for cold
Pulsatilla– worse for warmth
Cough Ipecac – productive cough
Bryonia – dry cough
Cuts and grazes Calendula and Hypericum tincture
Diarrhoea Arsenicum album – from food poisoning
Nux vomica – from overeating, also infant diarrhoea .
Veratrum alb – profuse diarrhoea with exhaustion.
Exhaustion Arnica– from physical effort
Lachesis – from heat
Fear and apprehension Argentum nitricum
Flying – problems with Pulsatilla – acute ear pain on descent
Food poisoning Arsenicum album
Headache Belladonna – throbbing, worse from light and noise
Nat mur- throbbing, from eye strain, stress or travel
Heat/sun stroke Glonoine
Indigestion and overindulgence Nux vomica
Influenza Anas barb (200C – 1 dose every 4 hours)
Jet lag Arnica- physical tiredness with aching limbs
Gelsemium- physical tiredness with heaviness of limbs
Menstrual cramping Colocynthis- better for bending the knees up to the chest
Muscle cramping Mag phos – better for warmth
Cuprum metallicum – calves and soles
Muscle sprains and strains Arnica
Shellfish poisoning Urtica urens
Stings and bites Ledum – mosquitoes, animal bites
Rhus tox – plant stings (nettles, etc.)
Travel sickness Cocculus – with dizziness
Tabacum – better for cool air
Vomiting- cause unknown Ipecac