Be it for work or leisure, many are no strangers to air travel. However, amidst the excitement of exploring new lands, the jet-setting lifestyle can cause a wide variety of ailments.
Such situations can be avoided if appropriate precautions and preparations are taken beforehand.
Common Travel Health Problems
- Jet Lag
- Dry Skin
- Eczema Flare-ups
- Abdominal Pain (Constipation / Diarrhea)
- Mouth Ulcer
- Swollen Legs and Feet
- Headache and Dizziness
- Nasal Congestion
- Aches and Pains
- Poor Appetite
- Lowered Immunity (flu, cough, sore throat) among other pesky conditions.
TCM For Prevention Against Travel-Related Conditions
For people who are prone to travel-related conditions such as diarrhoea, flu, motion sickness, nausea and insomnia, it is recommended that they consult a TCM physician one week before travelling. The physician will prescribe herbal medication that is tailored specially for the patient’s body constitution and their travel destination.
For people who gets cold easily, the physician may prescribe herbal medication to tonify lung Qi and expel external pathogenic wind.
For travel to destinations at high altitude, the physician may give herbs to boost Qi and blood and strengthen the body to reduce the effects of altitude sickness.
To combat jetlag, the physician can prescribe herbs aimed at hydrating the body and also aid sleeping at local night time.
Travellers who often encounter gastrointestinal problems during their trip can also take herbs to strengthen spleen Qi and boost their digestive system. Our physician can also give advice on foods to avoid and useful acupuncture points to massage during travels.
TCM Treatment For Post-Travel Related Conditions
Similarly, upon return from travelling, it is common to experience discomfort such as fatigue, aching legs, fever, cough or sore throat, insomnia and indigestion problems. There are various TCM treatments available to alleviate post-travel illnesses during herbal therapy, acupuncture, cupping and tui na.
Our physician will analyse the symptoms presented and take into consideration the patient’s current body constitution, and offer the best solution to quickly and effectively relieve any post-travel illness.
As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.” Adequate planning ensures a healthy and smooth overseas travel.