As you know, earlier this year l climbed Kilimanjaro, and apart from the obvious anxieties l really didn’t want to succumb to mountain sickness and have to take Diamox (l tried it before l went and had hideous side effects!), or worse still have to come down the mountain before l reached the top. Mountain sickness can affect any one at any time and having read up on it l decided to take some homeopathic remedies with me and only use Diamox as a last resort.
From the comprehensive list of suggestions you made, l decided to take with me Coca 200c, Silica 30c (couldn’t get 200c) and Carbo Veg 200c.
I was very fortunate in that l did not suffer any symptoms until the last few days on the mountain when l suffered a slight headache and mild nausea, l immediately started taking the remedies (one of each (!) every few hours) and the symptoms disappeared. From then on l took one of each, each morning and evening and on the last couple of days we were popping them about every hour or two! Although strangely l didn’t need them on summit night. My mountain buddy Kirsty suffered symptoms quite badly so l dosed her up as well! We got to the very top symptom free.
I put this down mainly to the homeopathic remedies, but also drinking copious amounts of water (4-5 litres a day), and taking the path very slowly and ascending gradually, our guides were brilliant at this. Our two guides said between them they had taken over 500 groups up the mountain, but they had never before encountered anyone who did not suffer symptoms of altitude sickness and did not take Diamox, so for me that is sound evidence that homeopathic remedies have a part to play, not that l needed it.
Thank you so much for your kind advice and guidance, which l know played a big part in the success of our adventure.