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What multivitamin/herbal remedy you suggest for overcoming altitude sickness?
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We're going to Peru. What multivitamin/herbal remedy you suggest for overcoming altitude sickness?

Submitted by - S.S., Berkeley, CA

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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.

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