The unpleasant, queasy feeling and sensation of discomfort have gripped us way too often in our lives. Nausea is a common symptom associated with a variety of harmless as well as serious conditions.
There are several type of nausea based on varying triggers and factors. These are acute, delayed, anticipatory, breakthrough and refractory nausea.
Acute nausea sets in after a chemo session and lasts only for a day.
Delayed nausea too is chemotherapy induced and sets in after 24 hours of administering certain chemotherapy drugs.
Anticipatory nausea occurs as a result of previous experiences of nausea and is more of a psychological condition.
Breakthrough nausea occurs after a preventive treatment against nausea. In such cases, different medications have to be tried.
Finally, Refractory nausea, the most difficult to control, does not respond or stops responding to medications.
Also known as a ‘qualm’, the symptoms of nausea are mostly concentrated on the upper stomach and head. The stomach feels unsettled and one feels the urge to vomit or feel dizzy or unsettled. Headache, chills, muscle cramps, fever, and general malaise also sometimes accompany nausea.
Nausea can be triggered due to many reasons. Pregnancy, food poisoning, certain medications, chemotherapy, unpleasant smells, food that you may not like, dehydration, stomach inflammation etc. are few common causes associated with this condition. The good news is that several of these nauseous conditions can be easily treated at the comfort of your homes. Here is how.
Home Remedies for Nausea
The pungent aroma of ginger may be not be entirely welcoming while you are energized and fresh. However, ginger is all you need while you feel nauseous and to suppress the unpleasant sensation at the drop of a hat. Cut a slice of ginger and smell it until you are out of nausea and queasiness.
Alternatively, prepare a cup of refreshing ginger tea by adding crushed pieces of ginger to one cup of boiling water and simmering it for 15 minutes. Ginger increases blood circulation to the brain and relieves all sorts of nausea and dizziness. Take throughout the day to suppress chronic nausea.
This amazing fruit has neutralizing acids that create bicarbonate that stifles nausea and stomach upsets. Suck on a lemon wedge or slice a lemon into two and inhale the aroma deeply until the nausea is suppressed and you no longer feel uncomfortable and dizzy.
Lemon essential oil too can be used for this purpose. For nausea related to dehydration, drinking lemon juice doubles the benefit as it hydrates and treats the nausea naturally.
A plant indigenous to the United States, peppermint has been known to cure a long array of common ailments. Its cooling and refreshing properties can instantly stifle a nauseous attack and offer relief and freshness to the body. Peppermint candy is a good natural remedy for people suffering from chronic nausea.
Peppermint tea can be prepared by adding a few crushed leaves to one cup of boiling water and steeping for about 10 minutes. The menthol in peppermint is what causes the cooling effect in the body. Peppermint being a muscle relaxant, will also help in the healing of muscle cramps and accompanying gastrointestinal disturbances along with nausea.
A versatile essential oil with several medicinal and healing benefits, lavender is also a quick fix for nausea. The pleasant aroma of lavender can be inhaled or massaged on the skin for absorption so that the stifling sensations associated with nausea can be completely wiped out.
Rub two drops of lavender on your upper lip or on to your wrists for a couple of minutes to relieve nausea. However, ensure that lavender is not massaged or inhaled in excess as it can aggravate the symptoms of nausea and lead to headache, chills, vomiting etc.
Though there is no scientific evidence that acupressure can cure nausea, many people who have tried this therapy swear by its results and quick relief. This ancient Chinese method uses pressure techniques, applied on certain areas of the body for relieving diseases and conditions. To find the pressure point, place two fingers under the base of your wrist. Two fingers down, starting from the top crease of the wrist is the pressure point, known as ‘inner gate’. Using your thumb or index finger, press this point (on both your wrists) for ten to thirty seconds. Relief should follow within a minute of doing this. However, sometimes it can take up to five minutes for the symptoms to subside.
Another way of doing this is to tap the wrists together on the acupressure points for a few seconds while you take deep breaths simultaneously.
To get away from the miserable feeling, a cold and wet compress can be of real help. Take a hand towel and soak in ice-cold water. Wring dry and apply on the forehead for a few minutes. Cold compress can also be done on the neck or stomach depending on its effectiveness. The external stimulation suppresses the feeling of nausea as soon as it has set in, and offers complete relief in a few minutes.
Baking soda is an alkalizing agent and hence a perfect solution for nausea. Take half a teaspoon of baking soda and add this to one cup of water. Add a pinch of salt and consume this. Baking soda can neutralize stomach acids and reduce nausea and other gastrointestinal complaints.
Munching on soda crackers too can give the same results by acting as a neutralizing agent for the body. However, intake of baking soda regularly is not recommended, especially if you have high blood pressure.
Cinnamon Tea and Cloves
A tea made of cinnamon is known to be an excellent cure for nausea and hangovers. Cinnamon helps in settling an upset stomach and stimulates the digestion process, relieving nausea and other discomfort that may accompany it. Cinnamon contains catechins, which are compounds that relive the feeling of nausea.
Take half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and add this to one cup of boiling water. Crush a clove and add to this. Steep for about ten minutes and drink several cups until the nausea is completely under control. Cinnamon warms the body and aids in circulation. Its pleasant and relieving aroma too is excellent for removing nausea and vomiting sensation.
Diet and Lifestyle to Control Nausea
Recurrent nausea can be a serious problem to live with, and in such cases, one must check for underlying conditions. Extra care should be taken to drink plenty of water if nausea is accompanied by severe vomiting. Pregnant women must avoid foods that can cause nausea. Acidic juices, carbonated beverages, and caffeinated drinks are not good for nausea and must be done away with. Spicy and saturated fats too can aggravate the condition and hence must be avoided in your daily diet. Smaller, regular meals help in better digestion and this can control nausea to a certain extent.
Exercise plays a great role in reducing weight and improving body metabolism and digestion. Incorporating a 15-minute walk in your daily regime can help in controlling not just nausea, but all kinds of illnesses.
As nausea is not a disease, but a symptom that can be associated with several conditions like cancer, chemotherapy, diabetes, pregnancy etc. other treatment methods must be carefully analyzed and explored according to individual symptoms.