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What role do the ears play in motion sickness?

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Your inner ears, in particular, help control your sense of balance. They are part of a network called the vestibular system.

This system includes three pairs of semicircular canals and two sacs, called the saccule and the utricle. They send information about what's going on around you to the brain.

The semicircular canals hold a fluid that moves with the turn of your head. The saccule and utricle are sensitive to gravity. They tell the brain whether you're standing up or lying down.

From: Why Do I Get Motion Sickness? WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC: “Travelers’ Health: Motion Sickness.”

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Mayo Clinic: “Motion Sickness: First Aid.”

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American Journal of Physiology, Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology: “Effects of ginger on motion sickness and gastric slow-wave dysrhythmias induced by circular vection.”

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 27, 2016

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SOURCES:

National Center for Biotechnology Information: , “What the ancient Greeks and Romans knew (and did not know) about seasickness.”  Neurology

NASA.gov: “Mixed Up in Space.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System.”

National Health Service (NHS.uk): “Motion Sickness.”

Neuroscience Online : “Vestibular System: Structure and Function.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Motion Sickness.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health: Motion Sickness.”

Virtual Pediatric Hospital: “Motion Sickness.”

Mayo Clinic: “Motion Sickness: First Aid.”

Better Health Channel of Victoria State Government: “Motion Sickness.”

American Journal of Physiology, Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology: “Effects of ginger on motion sickness and gastric slow-wave dysrhythmias induced by circular vection.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What You Need to Know About Seasickness or Motion Sickness.”

Integrative Medicine: “Self-Care: Acupressure Point P6: Pericardium 6 or Nei Guan.”

MedlinePlus.gov: “Scopolamine Transdermal Patch,” “Dimenhydrinate.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and Motion Sickness.”

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 27, 2016

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