Pressure Points for Nausea

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that’s based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. With acupressure, you put pressure on specific places on your body.

These places are called acupoints. Pressing these points can help release muscle tension and promote blood circulation, which can relieve many common side effects of chemotherapy. From headaches and constipation to stress and nausea.  

Acupoints are located where blood, nerve, lymph and connective tissue meet. Stimulating an acupoint sends a signal to the brain that alters brain chemistry and tells the body to react to achieve a desired result. For example, acupoints for nausea work by encouraging the nervous system to relax, which can help regulate the digestive system. 

Before learning about the different acupoints, there are some basic information you should learn:

  • Use your thumb or index finger to massage the pressure points.
  • You can also use more than one finger or the heel of your hand to press on these points.
  • Use firm but gentle pressure.
  • Use a circular motion when applying pressure to these points.
  • Press for at least two to three minutes on each point.
  • Repeat a few times a day.
  • Continue treatments for several days or until you begin to feel relief.

Pressure Points 

Nei Guan

Simply place your thumb 2–3 finger widths down from your inner wrist, between the two prominent tendons. Once you’ve located it, press down with your thumb for about one minute before repeating the same procedure on your other arm. Repeat if needed. 


He Gu

Find the highest spot on the muscle between your thumb and index finger. This is the area where your thumb connects to the fingers. Bring your thumb and finger together till the area bulges out slightly. The point is located about half an inch inward on the back of your hand. Apply pressure to this area and repeat on your other hand.

 Tai Chong

With your foot flat on the floor, place your finger in the gap between your big toe and the toe next to it. Then slide your finger down about two finger widths onto your foot. The pressure point is on your foot in this spot. Apply pressure to this area and repeat on your other foot.

Gongsun

Sit down, and pull one foot onto your knee so that the inside of the foot is facing you. Then slide your hand from your big toe to the side of your foot. This point is where your foot begins to arch, just past the padded ball of your feet. You should feel a slight downward curve of the foot in this point. Apply pressure to this area and repeat on your other foot.

 

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