Acupressure Therapy for Relief from Vomiting and Nausea
Nausea and vomiting are symptoms of an underlying disease and not a specific illness. Nausea is the sensation that the stomach wants to empty itself, while vomiting (emesis) or throwing up, is the act of forcible emptying of the stomach. Acupressure offers effective relief from nausea and vomiting either it is due to motion sickness, morning sickness and nausea that follows surgery or chemotherapy.
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese started using acupressure to treat nausea. They would firmly press a spot just below the wrist -- known as the P6 point -- until the queasiness passed. Even today, a Chinese bus careening around winding roads will be full of passengers practicing acupressure on the fly.
Acupressure point for Nausea and Vomiting is P6.
Point Location : This point is three of the woman’s finger widths above the transverse crease of the inner wrist. It lies directly between the two tendons felt here. (The tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis.)
How to apply the pressure?
- Take your thumb and index or middle finger and press firmly on the points on both sides of the wrist when you feel nauseous. You should feel relief in 10-30 seconds. Sometimes, however, it can take up to five minutes.
- Tap your wrists together gently at the acupressure points while taking deep breaths, as shown in the video below. You can alternate with tapping the outsides of your hands together.
Place pressure on the point and hold until effective, usually within five minutes. You can use pressure on both wrists or only one, whatever is more practical at the time. It is possible to buy a wrist band to apply pressure to this point. They are available through chemists and are called “Sea Bands.”/wrist band or similar names.
Alternately you can make your own. Form a wrist band with Elastic, and sew onto it a rounded button. Take care that when in place there is firm, but not uncomfortable pressure exerted on the point.
Whether you wear a wristband or simply press the P6 point with your thumb, acupressure can help ease nausea and vomiting.
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects experienced by patients receiving chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. There are a range of anti-nausea and anti-sickness drugs to help with these symptoms, and these are sometimes supplemented with other non-drug treatments, such as acupressure. A major advantage of acupressure is that it has no known side effects and can be integrated safely into all other forms of cancer treatment.
Acupressure & Nausea and Vomiting after gynaecological surgery:
A study conducted at the Department of Anaesthesia, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. found that acupressure at the P6 point helps prevent nausea and vomiting during and after Caesarean section.
Acupuncture and acupressure have previously been reported to possess an antiemetic effect. Researchers at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, University Hospital in Linkoping, Sweden investigated this action for the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting(PONV).
* Hand Acupressure Reduces Post-Op Vomiting in Children: Acupressure have been shown to reduce the effects of nausea and vomiting following surgery, with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the acupuncture points used and the duration of treatment.