Professor John Golding, Professor of Psychology, was interviewed on ITV’s Save Money: Good Health about travel sickness.

John Golding

Speaking about why people get travel sickness, Professor Golding said: “The reason we get it is because the brain is constantly monitoring your sense of motion from your inner ears. Your ears may be saying that you’re doing one type of motion and your eyes might be saying another. The theory goes that motion sickness is caused when these inputs start to conflict with one another.”

He then discussed the various remedies available to relieve symptoms of motion sickness and their effectiveness. Talking about travel sickness pills, he said: “They have always got a pharmacologically active ingredient [in them]. Scientifically, we know that they work. The cons are side effects, usually drowsiness.”

Professor Golding further acknowledged other alternatives such as anti-sickness wristbands and ginger sweets. He said there is mixed evidence for anti-sickness wristbands, and that ginger has been thought of as a remedy for feeling unwell for thousands of years. 

He added: “The active chemical ingredient in ginger is a compound called gingerol. It’s probably having a direct effect on calming down the gut. It is likely to be quite mild, but there are very few side effects.”

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