Naturopathic Medicine & Travel Health

Unlike Western Medicine, Eastern Medicine focuses on prevention in addition to remediation. The following is must-haves whenever you travel, and how to use them, courtesy of Dr. Holly Carling, O.M.D, L. Ac., Ph.D.

Zand Insure Immune Support – Liquid

If you tend to get sick when you travel, take a dropper-full 30 minutes before your flight and then again just after arrival. If you feel like you “might be coming down with something”, take a dropper-full. If you do get sick (cold or flu), put one tablespoon into a small (10-16 ounce) bottle of water and sip on it throughout the day, making the bottle last the whole days worth.

Oscillococcinum – Capsules

Not so easy to say, but this one also is easy to use for the whole family. This is a homeopathic remedy, meaning it’s a tiny dose of something that would cause the same symptoms of cold or flu if you took it in a toxic dose. By taking the tiny dose you’re giving your body a little road-map on how to deal with this, similar to the idea behind allergy shots.

At the onset of flu symptoms (before major symptoms, i.e. vomiting), pour an entire vial under your tongue. If you catch it early enough, it will knock it out and you wont need more. If you didn’t catch it on time, take every 4 hours to speed up recovery time. Add Zand Insure Immune Support as well, but don’t take together. Allow for 15-30 minutes between the two. The key to Oscillococcinum is to catch it at the very onset.

Zypan or Betaine Hydrochloride – Capsules

One of the primary functions of the acid enzymes in the stomach, such as HCL (hydrochoric acid), is to kill any parasite, bacteria, virus, mold, fungus, yeast, etc. that may enter your body via ingestion. If your HCL levels are sufficient, those ingested microorganisms never make it past your gut to make you sick. Zypan combines pancreatin, pepsin, and betaine hydrochloride to facilitate healthy digestion and promotes a healthy gut, protecting it from the nasty microorganisms that are commonly picked up in travel.

A normal dosage is 2 per meal. However, while traveling, the recommended dosage is 3-4 per meal. If you are eating street food, take 4-6 per meal. Better to be safe than sorry. It is important to still be careful and mindful about what you are eating and drinking, especially in the case of third world countries, even with this added protection. If you think you have food poisoning, take 10 all at once (yes, it’s a lot, but it can reverse the food poisoning symptoms much faster than waiting them out).

Echinacea Premium – Capsules

This is optional and more for people who get sick whenever they travel (not just from flight exposure). Take 1 pill per day for 1-2 weeks prior to trip, then continue through the trip and a week or two after you’ve returned home.

Some other principles to follow if you do get sick (or want to prevent getting sick):

Don’t eat sugar. Sugar suppresses the immune system for 5 hours and it takes 3 days for it to get back on track. If you expose your body to sugar you are more likely to get sick in the first place, and furthermore keep you sick for a much longer duration.

If you are sick – don’t eat. Stick with fresh squeezed vegetable juices, chicken soup or broth, or miso soup. Eating pulls energy reserves from your body towards digesting food in your stomach rather than aiding your immune system. Best to keep things simple till you find yourself on the mend.

 

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