Antiemetic Herbs that reduce the feeling of nausea and can help to relieve or prevent vomiting are considered a vaiable alternative to Antiemetic drug therapy. Antiemetic herbs are typically used to treat motion sickness and the side effects of opioid analgesics, general anaesthetics, and chemotherapy.
Antiemetic drugs used to prevent nausea or vomiting; act by a wide range of mechanisms; some act on the medullary control centers while others effect the peripheral receptors. Bismuth subsalicylate works by protecting the stomach lining. Antihistamines appear to dull the inner ear's ability to sense motion. They "block" messages to the part of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting. This is why they work best if you take them before you think you might have a problem with motion sickness.
Some side effects can be a concern for older adults or people who have health problems. The most common side effects of bismuth subsalicylate are darkened stools or tongue, constipation and a ringing sound in the ears (tinnitus). These are short-term side effects. Antihistamines may make you feel sleepy. This can affect your ability to drive or operate machines. It can make it hard for you to think clearly. They may also cause your mouth and eyes to feel dry. Remember, alcohol can increase the drowsiness caused by antihistamines.
Clearly, an alternative to drug therapy is desirable and Antiemetic herbs are an important option to consider. If nausea is due to medical treatments like chemotherapy or a post surgical condition, you should consult your provider for guidance.
Common Antiemetic herbs include