Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Nausea & Sickness

The urge to vomit with an uneasy sensation or discomfort in the abdomen is termed as 'nausea'. It can be related to motion sickness or morning sickness when there is an urge to vomit due to constant movement or during the early weeks of pregnancy.


Nausea often occurs with vomit or precedes it, at times it occurs without actual vomiting.


Sickness and nausea during pregnancy
It is quite common to feel sick or nauseated in the first half of pregnancy, as is vomiting.

Every individual woman experiences a different degree of nausea and vomiting.Some just feel a little sick in the morning and throw up once, others suffer from constant nausea and frequent vomiting throughout the day.

Often the nausea stops after the first three months of pregnancy. For some women, however, it is still a problem after four or five months.

The actual causes of nausea and vomiting are still not clear. It is probably due to the hormonal changes taking place or to blood sugar imbalance. Vomiting heavily and often when pregnant, will lead to lose much liquid, nutrition and minerals. This can cause dehydration.

Severe dehydration and the inability to keep liquids down during pregnancy is a specific condition called hyperemesis gravidarum and it requires medical attention. This might involves hospital admission and being given fluids through a drip.

Travel and motion sickness
This is more common in children and is caused by the conflicting information between what the body's senses register and what the eyes can actually see. The signals from the inner ear, where balance is controlled, tell the brain that the body is moving but the eyes tell the brain that the body is still.

There are several remedies over the counter available for travel sickness sufferers. They work best if taken before starting the journey; a few will still work effectively once sickness is already happening.

A few tips that might help:

  • Avoid large meals before and during travelling.
  • Focus the eye on the horizon if travelling by boat.
  • Avoid reading.
  • Have plenty of fresh air.

    Migraine nausea and sickness

Strong migraine headaches can sometimes be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Nausea and vomiting can be caused by many triggers. It is a common belief that vomiting is caused by what happens in the stomach; it can then be surprising to learn that the brain actually controls whether to be sick or not. This is clear in the case of migraine nausea and sickness where the brain gets its trigger from other parts of the brain affected by the migraine.

Some sufferers of nausea due to migraine find it helpful to rest and lie down motionless in a dark environment.


Stomach sickness and vomiting

Common causes for symptoms of nausea and sickness related to the stomach are stomach bugs and infections, food poisoning or overindulgence in the quantity of food consumed.

It can help to avoid any solid food and drink plenty of water to rehydrate while vomiting. Also resting as much as possible is advisable, movement will actually worsen the nausea.

Usually, vomiting as a result of a stomach bug or food poisoning does not last long. If the vomiting persists for more than 24 hours, seek medical attention.

Diarrhoea can be present as well. If a child has both stomach sickness and diarrhoea it is advisable to take a rehydrating solution as children can dehydrate much faster than adults.



Dysmotility occurs when the stomach's normal digestive function slows down or becomes uncoordinated. The stomach then finds it hard to digest food properly. If semi-digested food sits in the stomach for too long, then the stomach will try to process it by starting to function 'in reverse'. This can lead to nauseous feelings and/or a queasy, heavy bloated stomach.



This type of nausea and sickness is caused by ingesting too much alcohol, and the metabolic products of alcohol, aldehydes. It is usually accompanied by a headache. The simplest way to prevent hangover symptoms is to moderate the amount of alcohol ingested.

Drinking plenty of water and allowing the body to rehydrate will alleviate the symptoms.

Common Remedies

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