Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) commonly occurs after sea voyages and is primarily characterized by a sense of rocking, swaying, and bobbing (“sea legs”). Generally, these sensations may only last for minutes to days. However, for some travelers these sensations can last for months to years. This is so-called persistent MdDS. If this occurs, the primary symptoms of rocking are usually accompanied by a number of equilibrium, cognitive, and psychological dysfunctions, which may severely reduce a person’s quality of life and ability to work. Although MdDS affects all ages, the average age is at middle 40s. More women than man are affected by this syndrome.
Until now, there has been no known treatment for this syndrome. We have provided the first experimental treatment for MdDS since 2014. It is successful in approximately 75% of cases that acquired MdDS by motion events, and about 50% of cases that acquired MdDS spontaneously (no apparent motion involved).