preventive measures and a handy first aid kit can substantially
reduce the risks associated with international travel, reveals Dr
traveller knows how important it is to be in the best of health
while in an alien land. But ill-health, as they say, gives no notice.
A change of air, water and food, unhygienic conditions, just about
anything is bound to catch you off guard and give you an infection.
The risks associated with international travel are influenced by
characteristics of the traveller (including age, sex and health
status) and by characteristics of the travel (including destination,
purpose and duration). Forward planning, appropriate preventive
measures and careful precautions can substantially reduce the risks
of adverse health consequences. Anyone who has experienced an illness
abroad will know how expensive it is to get medical treatment. And
even if treatment is readily available, what must one do till the
time the doctor arrives? Here is a list of homeopathic medication,
which you should carry in your first aid kit when travelling:
For wounds or cuts:
Locally apply tincture of CALENDULA. It can also be used once
or twice a day in dressings.
For bruises and sore aches:
Have Arnica 200C (5 pills per dose) every three hours for a few
For burns and scalds: Locally apply tincture of Cantharis
immediately after burns. This medication will prevent blister
formation. Cantharis 200C if taken internally after every 15 minutes,
4 to 5 times reduces burning sensation and aids in rapid healing.
For haemorrhages after injury:
Hamamelis 30C (5 pills per dose) taken every half an hour will
help to arrest bleeding.
Injuries from pointed instruments:
2 doses of Ledum Pal 200C (4 pills each) can be taken three hours
apart. It is also effective in case of insect bites.
For mosquito bites: Staphisagria
30C (5 pills) should be taken every three hours.
For food poisoning and diarrhoea: Arsenic Alb 30C (4 pills) should
be taken every half hour till symptoms subside and thereafter
3 to 4 times a day. This is effective in cases of vomiting in
restless patients who are constantly thirsty.
For stomach upsets:
Two doses of Pulsatilla 30C (5 pills) taken at three hourly intervals
proves to be effective in case of stomach upsets caused by eating
fried and heavy foods.
For acidity and liver problems: Natrum
Phos 6x taken at three hourly intervals till symptoms subside
will prove to be effective.
For a gas problem:
Natrum Sulph 6x taken after every three hours, will prove to be
effective. Take the medication till symptoms subside.
For jet lag: Nux
Vomica 200 (5 pills taken before and another 5 after your flight)
is a homeopathic medicine, which will help you overcome the effects
of jet lag.
For cold and sore throat:
Take Aconite 30C (4 pills) 3 times a day if you experience any
inflammatory condition such as cold, sore throat, fever particularly
arising from exposure to cold dry winds. This medicine will arrest
infection if taken as soon as the first symptoms are noticed.
homeopathic first aid should also contain: Adhesive tapes, cotton
wool bandages and a small pair of scissors to cut the bandages and
medical supplies should be carried to meet all foreseeable needs
for the duration of the trip. A first aid kit should be carried
to all destinations where there may be significant health risks,
particularly those in developing countries. This kit should include
basic medicines to treat common ailments, first-aid articles, and
any special medical items that may be needed by the individual traveller.
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