Continuing last month's column on the homeopathic first-aid kit
for travelers, this month we include some remedies from ayurveda
and some valuable travel tips.
Travelers often lose their footing and fall, scraping their
knees or elbows. If the skin is broken or there is scraping of
the skin, lacerations, abrasions, nicks or ulceration, calendula
acts as a remarkable healing agent, especially if the associated
pain is greater than one would expect. It rapidly promotes
healing without scarring. It comes in ointment, liquid and gel
forms and is spectacular as an after shave lotion.
Mag. Phos.-a cell salt of magnesia phosphorioca-is the great
reliever of spasm, especially if there is cramping of muscles
with radiating pain. Neuralgia pains that are relieved by
warmth will respond to this cell salt. It is the remedy of
choice when sleep eludes one because of being tired, exhausted
from activity (especially mental), covering too many time zones
in travel and the frequent hassles at airports. The 6x potency
will do wonders. A few pills allowed to dissolve on the tongue
at hourly intervals will bring sleep to the weary.
The typical "morning after" is greatly relieved by nux vomica.
The cause is food and drink overindulgence. The first symptoms
are that heavy feeling of discomfort in the abdomen, maybe
accompanied by nausea and sour taste (especially in males). The
life-style of modern man leads to such symptoms, which are
aggravated by travel. Nux works best when taken in the evening.
The bowels are often disturbed by travel because of lack of
exercise, sitting for long periods of time, mental tension,
often extreme changes in diet and a tendency to not drink
sufficient fluids. When there is constipation, an eastern
herbal mix called triphala will give a very gentle stimulus to
the bowel to move. It has a tendency to make the stool more
fluid so it can be passed easily. It can be taken in tablet or
in the form of tea. Psyllium seed husks, being a hydrophillic,
may also be used to stimulate the bowel to move by forming a
firm but soft stool. This can also be used in some diarrheas to
help absorb the water in the bowel and to prevent the too
When traveling it is very important to drink plenty of pure
water. If there is any doubt of its purity, purchase bottled
water or well capped effervesent type soft drinks. Do not allow
them to be uncapped except in your presence and be sure the top
is dry before opening. Never drink iced beverages, for the ice
is usually made from tap water and is thus suspect. In the back
country and most third world countries it may be necessary to
treat the water to assure purity. A 2% tincture of iodine made
with ethyl alchohol will make almost any water safe to drink.
Eight drops per gallon and a waiting time of ten minutes may be
required. There are other preparations for this purpose too,
visit your large sporting goods store and/or your pharmacist.
Sun screen protection is vital in tropical countries and
mosquito repellents are a must wherever malaria may be endemic.
Call the Board of Health or State Department to locate these
areas. Remember that if you have prescription drugs (and
glasses), be sure that they are labeled and have a duplicate
Dr. Devananda Tandavan, MD, is a member of the American Medical
Association, the International College of Surgeons, the Society
of Nuclear Medicine, the American Federation of Astrologers, the
International Center of Homeopathy- and more. Send your
questions to Hinduism Today, 107 Kaholalele Road, Kapaa, Hawaii,