Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pregnancy Related Nausea Relief

Pregnancy is a joyful time in a woman's life, but it isn't always comfortable.  While "morning sickness" is normal, the first trimester especially can be a veritable roller coaster of hormones, leaving a pregnant woman feeling exhausted, nauseated and in some cases, huddled in the bathroom.  Luckily, acupressure can help. Of the 365 traditional acupuncture points, Pericardium 6 (P6) is the premiere point for vomiting and nausea in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Several western controlled studies have been conducted to test its efficacy. 

P6 is located on the anterior aspect of the forearm, approximately two fingerbreadths superior to the transverse wrist crease, and between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis muscles. 

As with most acupuncture locations, you should feel slight tenderness with pressure.  To stimulate P6, press firmly and hold for several minutes on one arm, followed by the other arm.  Repeat several times a day.  Alternatively, inexpensive arm bands (Seabands) have the same effect and can be purchased and worn throughout the day.  In addition to P6, ginger can help calm the stomach.  Make ginger tea by steeping a slice of ginger in hot water for several minutes.  Add lemon and honey for flavor.  Sip, and daydream about that little person growing healthfully inside you!


  1. This is good information. Morning sickness is a common complaint and I've found success with a combination of acupuncture and herbs. You can find some of my info at

    Also, feel free to contact me via email as I always enjoy sharing info with fellow acupuncturists regarding specific treatments to address pregnancy issues.

    Take care!

  2. very useful info, thanks! maintaining health is not an easy task, if you experience nausea it could be a major symptoms of morning sickness, but there are natural ways to stop morning sickness.