OTC remedy for altitude sickness given by medicine man
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Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
OTC remedy for altitude sickness given by medicine man on 06/11/2008 19:33:21 MDT Print View

At backpacker.com, the Medicine Man column by Buck Tilton answers the question if there are any herbal remedies for altitude sickness. I found the answer interesting. Does anyone in BPL have experience with this remedy?

http://www.backpacker.com/community/ask_buck/45

Q.} We're going to Peru. What multivitamin/herbal remedy you suggest for overcoming altitude sickness?
Submitted by: S.S., Berkeley, CA
A.} Only ginkgo biloba has proven in tests to reduce the incidence and severity of Acute Mountain Sickness. Peter Hackett, MD, the guru of high mountain medicine, recommends 80 mg twice a day, but some others suggest 120 mg twice a day–morning and evening, starting 4-5 days before going high. Nothing else herbal or vitamin-wise has shown measurable results–but taking extra doses of vitamin C and the vitamin B is not contraindicated. And have fun. I love Peru.

Edited by marti124 on 06/11/2008 19:33:52 MDT.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: OTC remedy for altitude sickness given by medicine man on 06/11/2008 20:26:27 MDT Print View

Ginkgo biloba initially did look promising... but I believe the latest research has shown it not to be effective. Whether it's effective or note... keep in mind that no one has ever claimed that it's a remedy... just that it might reduce the likelihood of altitude sickness... it's no help once you are sick.

There are several good references on the web about altitude sickness including

Edited by verber on 06/11/2008 20:38:30 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: OTC remedy for altitude sickness given by medicine man on 06/12/2008 02:38:59 MDT Print View

Hi Mark

Thank you for these references.

Cheers
Roger

Tim Halberg
(Turtlehead) - F
thanks! on 06/13/2008 01:58:39 MDT Print View

I'll be reading those asap... I tend to get a bit of altitude sickness (I've had it to the point of halucinating and it wasn't fun...)

Every time I have to cruise over a pass at say 11,000+ I start feeling crummy.