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Q. Dear Natalie, I have a terrible fear of flying! Can you suggest any
homeopathic remedies that can help me overcome this?
A. This phobia is indeed
very common and something that I come across in my clinic time and time again.
Despite its frequency, the reasons behind it and how it manifests is different
with every person.
Fear of flying can be related to the fear of closed spaces,
fear of heights, fear of death, fear of motion sickness, fear of being over
water, fear when the plane lurches downwards during turbulence or simply the
feeling of being out of control.
Homeopathy can help people to combat
their fear of flying in two ways. Firstly, homeopathy can help by treating the
issue acutely and prescribing remedies to help bring calmness and relief before
and during the flight. Secondly, treating the individual with a constitutional
remedy allows us to look at the problem at a much deeper level.
As a homeopath I
would typically assess the history of the problem, when it started and how it
manifests. The aim of the consultation is to treat the root of the problem
rather than just the symptoms that manifest. There are several homeopathic
remedies that can be used to help combat fear of flying. Here are a few common
remedies - select the one or few that fit your symptoms best:
Extreme anxiety, restlessness accompanied by diarrhea and a big fear of “what
if the plane crashes?” This remedy is usually prescribed when the fear is more
related to heights and/or claustrophobia. This person will usually feel worse
in heat and crowds and feel better in open air.
Aconite: This person
will show complete terror and panic and an obvious fear of death – “knows the
plane will crash.” The fear can suddenly appear before or during the
Arsenicum: This person cannot bear to be alone and needs constant
reassurance that they will survive the flight. The main fear here is a fear of
death and the person may show signs of restlessness. They will feel better with company.
Gelsenium: Here signs are mild or severe trembling with anxiety
and panic. The person's muscles may feel weak and heavy.
Nux Vomica: As
well as anxious, the person will show excessive impatience and anger while kept
waiting. Coffee and alcohol and any additional stimulants makes the anxiety
Q. Dear Natalie, I have just returned back to Israel after three weeks in
New York and I am suffering terribly from jet lag. Are there any natural
remedies that can help me bring me back to balance? I am upside down.
Jet lag interferes with our body's internal clock as well as its production of
the hormone melatonin, which regulates the body's sleep cycle. Although it is a
temporary condition, you can relieve symptoms by supplementing with Vitamin C
and other supplements. I recommend you take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C with a full
glass of water every three hours from the day before leaving for your trip until
you reach your destination.
Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant and can help
relieve high stress-related conditions such as jet lag. Continue to take 1,000
mg of Vitamin C once a day after reaching your destination for at least three
days. If you are travelling for business, I recommend you take 300 mg of
L-glutamine once on your flight. This amino acid works to improve concentration.
The supplement Vitamin B complex (50mg) can be taken once a day during your trip.
B-complex vitamins help fight stress and provide energy, which will relieve the
symptoms associated with jet lag.
Another crucial way to help prevent jet lag is
some pre-trip preparation by eating high-protein meals for breakfast and lunch
and a high-carbohydrate meal for dinner. High-protein meals encourage
wakefulness, yet a carbohydrate-rich meal brings on sleep. The aim of these
meals is to strengthen the pre-travel change in circadian rhythms as well as
help reinforce the new schedule while traveling.
Melatonin is the hormone
secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. The main role of melatonin is
controlling the body's internal clock that plays an important role in when we
fall asleep and when we wake up.
There are many grain products that contain
tryptophan, an amino acid that indirectly increases melatonin levels in the
brain. Although melatonin can be purchased in 30mg pills there are many
practitioners who advise in taking the lowest form possible. Taking amino acid
as a food supplement is an excellent alternative and can alleviate daytime
sleepiness and fatigue.
homeopathic combo for jet lag contains the
homeopathic remedies arnica montana, bellis perennis, Chamomilla,
Ipecacuanha, and Lycopodium. These remedies combine to address a variety
concerning jet lag such as the sleeplessness and restlessness when
waking mid-sleep, nausea, anxiety, and mental stress or irritation as a
sleeplessness. An alternative option is Valerian - a herb used as a
sleep aid. This is often a preferred treatment for jet lag used to help
to new time zones by helping people fall asleep at the "right" time.
Q. Dear Natalie, I have a fifteen hour flight coming up
and I am looking for some good stretching exercises to do before and after the
flight to help relieve any stiffness endured from such a long journey. Any of
your recommendations will be welcome.
A. I could not let this question be
answered without the mention of yoga. Flying long distance in a plane can, as
well as jet lag, leave you stiff, tired, and with mental fog. As a yoga
instructor I can guarantee that practicing a few simple yoga techniques during
or after your journey will leave you rejuvenated and calm after a long
The tree pose is a balancing posture that helps get you centered
and grounded after being crunched up on a long flight. Begin by standing
straight up on one leg and placing the other leg on your calf, knee, or thigh. As
you inhale, reach your arms straight up as high as you can, bringing your hands
together into a prayer position and hold the pose. Breathe slowly and deeply,
enjoying the stretch and aim to hold the pose for five breaths.
forward bend is an excellent pose that can be tried on the plane as well as at
home. It helps to calm the brain and reduce fatigue. Sit with your buttocks on
your chair or floor, back straight, and legs straight out in front of you. Keep
your back straight and reach forward as far as you comfortably can to reach your
toes (the aim is not necessarily to reach the toes but as far as you can without
straining). Hold the pose and breathe deeply for five breaths.
There are many wonderful natural remedies that can support and treat all kinds of health problems; from acute to chronic. Book your free consultation today with Natalie to devise your own personal health plan: Telephone: 054-7337401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This column is brought to you as general information only and unless stated
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