A new motion sickness treatment researched at the Imperial College London, UK is one step closer to helping those suffering the obnoxious symptoms.
This treatment works by basically applying mild electrical stimulation to the brain. Don’t fret, the procedure has no negative side effects. Instead, it proved its efficiency not only in reducing symptoms of motion sickness, but also in improving the response time of the body in countering the unpleasant states and restoring overall wellness.
Applied for only 10 minutes before travelling in a car, boat or any other vehicle in which you may have felt the symptoms, mild electric stimulation is the catch for a nausea-free travelling experience.
During their study, the researchers at the Imperial College London connected the participants to electrodes linked to their scalps. Then, through two rounds of applying transcranial direct current stimulation as the technique is coined, they checked the responses of the participants.
After each session of 10 minutes of transcranial electrodes stimulation the participants were returned to a chair simulating the roughest motions that cause motion sickness. Increasingly these reported less symptoms and recovered more rapidly after each round.
Published in the Neurology journal, the findings of the study hold the promise to become a widely spread treatment for motion sickness. According to Doctor Qadeer Arshad, lead author on the study:
“We are confident that within 5 to 10 years people will be able to walk into the chemist and buy an anti-sickness device”.
Indeed, the technology could come packed in a small portable device or as an app directly connected to our ever-present smartphones. This would be a huge step forward as the new motion sickness treatment has no side effects compared to conventional drugs targeting the symptoms inflicted by motion.
We’ve all felt the unpleasant nausea sensations whilst on a ferry, in a car, perhaps in a rollercoaster. According to the researchers, this is because our vestibular system is confused by the signals it receives both from our eyes and our years as we are moving.
Yet, transcranial direct current stimulation could change that, dampening the conflicting signals that are transmitted from the vestibular system to our brain.
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