Here’s what you need to do to stay healthy before, during and after your trip.
Finally, the year-end is upon us. For travellers planning for a year-end overseas trip, nothing dampens the holiday mood more than illness. So, how can we truly enjoy our well-deserved vacation? Senior physician Huang Chun Xiang of Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic share his tips for travelling with peace of mind.
(Also read: Best TCM Remedies to Improve Digestion)
Boost your immunity before the trip
If you’re not a fan of taking seasonal flu shots, TCM is a wonderful alternative, but you should consult your physician at least a week before travelling. You will then be prescribed herbal medication tailored to your body constitution and your destination.
For kiasu travellers, you can complement your flu shot with TCM medicines as well. You just need to inform your doctor and TCM physician beforehand and ensure at least a two-hour gap between consuming western and TCM meds.
For a general immunity boost, consider adding herbs like cordyceps, lingzhi, wild American ginseng and tian qi into your dishes. These herbs can be easily found at TCM stores.
Conquer travel ailments
Here are some of physician Huang’s top travel tips.
1. Hydrate and take foods with high fluid content to prevent travel constipation.
2. Avoid sleeping during local daylight hours, such as on tour buses, to keep your circadian rhythm regular.
3. Bring along some ginger tea to reduce discomfort from stomach bloating and indigestion. To maintain immunity levels, you can also take TCM supplements like lingzhi cracked spores.
4. To relieve nausea and motion sickness, massage your nei guan acupoint. This is located on the inner forearm, three finger breadths below the wrist and in between the two tendons. Give it a good rub for three to give minutes.
5. To reduce jet lag, massage your bai hui acupoint. This is at the intersection of the midline of your head and the line joining the top of your ears.
Rest and recover
Fatigue, achy legs, insomnia and even a mild flu may be par for the road after returning from your trip. Catching up on sleep and exercise and returning to a balanced diet will naturally return you to the pink of health. However, to speed up your recovery, you can consult a TCM physician who will then offer the most suitable treatment, such as tuina, herbal therapy, acupuncture or cupping, for your illness.