by Bryan L. Frank, M.D.
Staying healthy while traveling abroad can be challenging. For many conditions, natural remedies work as well or better than pharmaceuticals and have side benefits, rather than side effects. For years, while most medical and missionary teams, as well as those on personal trips, have used conventional pharmaceuticals, some have used natural therapies in lieu of immunizations and drug-based therapies. The World Health Organization resolution number 44:34 promotes the use of “traditional, harmless, efficient and scientifically proven remedies.”
Natural Remedies Travel Kit Essentials:
- New pH-structured silver sol: Far more advanced than colloidal silver, this important preventive contains antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasitic properties for many acute illnesses. It often clears upper respiratory infections quickly, as well as many other infectious diseases. Generally, one to two tablespoons, two to four times daily will work for most infections. Research has shown this effective to kill more than 650 microbes. If using the newer silver sols, this is very safe for young and old alike. Use orally, topically, and in eyes, ears and nose. Travelers should take structured silver in a 1- to 3-ounce nasal spray bottle, and use two to three sprays in each nostril every few hours while on flights or in crowds.
- Homeopathic first aid: Consider Arnica montana for muscle aches and stiffness; calendula, an anti-inflammatory, antiviral herb; belladonna; Apis mellifica, a homeopathic medicine that helps with the swelling from insect bites or allergies; and Natrum sulph. These are all gentle, safe and often the best choice for many ailments or injuries.
- Activated charcoal: This has powerful properties to absorb toxins and microbial infections, whether foodborne or topical; typically, four capsules are recommended to be taken at the first signs of diarrhea, food poisoning or general indigestion. The capsules can also be opened to make a paste for bites, stings, boils and plant contact poisoning. Always take activated charcoal in case of travel diarrhea or ingestion of toxins.
Botanical/herbal remedies: St. John’s wort can ease travel fatigue; valerian root is good for sleep; Echinacea will fight colds and flu; and acerola is a source of vitamin C.
- Essential oil remedies: Pure essential oils, such as lavender, can help with fatigue and motion sickness; peppermint is good for headaches; and tea tree oil and/or Young Living’s Thieves blend contain good general antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Think Ahead – Get or Stay Healthy Prior to Travel
Travel often includes being in crowded planes, airports and other places with many persons that may be overtly sick, or those silently carrying diseases and unknowingly exposing others to illness. A few simple preventive measures can dramatically decrease the likelihood of becoming ill:
- “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Consume a diet of whole, organic live foods. Be cautious with raw food or cooked food that is not hot.
- Stay well hydrated with clean water and be well rested before and during travel.
- Take probiotics and immune-supporting remedies for one week prior to travel, and continue for one week after.
Bryan L. Frank, M.D., is board-certified in integrative pain management, medical acupuncture, and anti-aging and regenerative medicine. He has traveled to more than 60 countries on six continents, with over 100 medical missions and teaching tours. Frank uses natural remedies to stay healthy and well while traveling. His teams have used holistic therapies to treat malaria, typhoid, food poisoning, dysentery, cholera and other diseases without conventional pharmaceuticals. He is author of the book Travel Well, Naturally: An Essential Guide to Staying Healthy on Personal, Business or Mission Travel. For more information, visit Re-GenesisHealth.com, TravelDoc.info and GlobalMissionPartners.org.