Last Updated on September 1, 2022 by
Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD
Table of Contents:
- Holistic Treatment Success for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
- Struggling with Medication Issues, Mental Health Problems, or MdDS?
- We Provide Scientific, Safe, Treatment for Relief from Mal de Debarquement Symptoms
- Don’t Fall into a Cycle of Prescription Medicating and Doctor Visits
- We Employ Holistic, Drug-free Approaches to Stabilize the Brain and Body
Holistic Treatment Success for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
Alternative to Meds Center is excited to report our holistic treatment success for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome ( MdDS ). Since Hippocrates first mentioned the condition in early medical literature,1 we’ve come a long way. It’s not at all uncommon to experience a couple of hours of subjectively perceived motion after a boating trip or a lengthy flight, for example. As the Mal de Debarquement Foundation says, MdDS makes you feel like you’re still on the boat! What is rarer is that for some, these sensations do not abate and can linger for months without treatment.8,9
The center provides a holistic approach to discovering and addressing the originating causes of unwanted symptoms. Sometimes prescription drugs have been used to suppress these, but not eliminate them. Treating debarkment sickness with benzodiazepines or antidepressants is sometimes resorted to, but opens the possibility for addiction and other undesirable outcomes.7,9 Where necessary, we offer inpatient comprehensive medication withdrawal tapering. Prescription medication is not typically effective in the long-term treatment of MdDS. You may have been led to believe that the only answer to your mental or physical health symptoms lies in prescription medications. This is FALSE! Many holistic treatment approaches are available. Are you caught in a routine of visiting doctors and taking prescription drugs, but you are still suffering? Read the success story below written by a client who came to us on prescription medications with MdDS symptoms and who left our care free of symptoms and medications.
Symptoms of Mal de Debarquement can include:
- Lingering sensation of personal motion after travel by ship, car, train, plane, etc.
- Bobbing, swaying, rocking sensations though the body is not actually moving
- Emotional distress
- Sleep disturbances
- Short-term memory loss
Struggling with Medication Issues, Mental Health Problems, or MdDS?
Mal de Débarquement Syndrome, also known as disembarkment Syndrome or MdDS, is an uncommon condition of lingering perceived movement after disembarking from an ocean cruise, extensive auto, air, train, or boat travel, or other movement experience. Mal de Débarquement is a French phrase that means disembarkation sickness. The main diagnostic “tell” is a rocking, swaying, or bobbing sensation, also described as similar to the spinning sensation of vertigo. Some people develop MdDS unexpectedly when they have not experienced a prior motion event, some have reported symptoms after surgery, and others are simply puzzled why this happened. It has been established that the condition is found more frequently in women than men.2 Mal de Debarquement Syndrome symptoms include a feeling of motion that is typically associated with imbalance, fatigue, and cognitive impairment and can include short-term loss of memory, lack of ability to remember words, and lack of ability to multi-task. Surprisingly perhaps, these sensations tend to abate when the person gets back into motion again, but the symptoms return whenever they wish to be still, as in sitting or trying to sleep. There are reports of the condition only returning when in motion, and abating when still. Sometimes the condition appears to be episodic, starting and stopping at what seem to be random times. It is no wonder that this relentless sensation of “land sickness” can be debilitating and frustrating to practitioners and patients alike.
We Provide Scientific, Safe, Holistic Treatment for Mal de Debarquement Symptoms
Common symptoms of MdDS include visual disturbances, dizziness, migraines, headaches, anxiety, and confusion. It is also documented that some patients have described ear-related symptoms such as tinnitus, hyperacusis, pain, and even decreased hearing.3 The severity of symptoms varies substantially between patients but can be quite disabling. In some cases, MdDS can continue for years. The cause is unknown, and misdiagnoses are fairly common.4 Prescription medication is usually prescribed for MdDS, however, is usually not considered effective beyond reducing the stress caused by having these strange lingering sensations.5 At Alternative to Meds Center, we may be able to offer an answer to MdDS with medication tapering, holistic medication alternatives, and naturopathic mental health treatments.