A 2009 review from The Cochrane Collaboration (See 1.) showed that the classical acupuncture point Pericardium 6 (Neiguan or Inner Gate), significantly reduces the symptoms of nausea and vomiting following surgery.
Further trials have shown that acupuncture can also treat nausea, associated with morning sickness and chemotherapy. Have you seen those wrist bands that people wear if they suffer from motion sickness? Well, P6 is the point that they’re working on.
The Pericardium channel runs from the middle finger, making its way through the chest and into the stomach. Stimulating P6 helps the qi to flow downwards and calm the digestive tract.
So, it’s well worth visiting your acupuncturist to help alleviate the problem. I create a unique treatment plan based on the reasons behind your symptoms and tend to use a combination of points depending on the patient. However, if you’re looking to maximise the effects between treatments, using this acupressure point can be beneficial.
N.B. P6 is considered safe during pregnancy however, as your acupuncturist will be able to locate the exact position, I recommend that my patients consult with me before using any acupressure points once pregnant.
The point is located a sixth of the way between your wrist and elbow. So, if you visually divide this section in half, P6 will be a third of the way from your wrist crease (see picture). If you feel between the two tendons that run down the centre of the inside of your arm, it will be a little tender at the acupressure point.
Press down lightly with your index or middle finger and use a gentle circling motion over the point highlighted in green on our picture. Do this for between 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
I hope this acupressure technique is helpful, please pass on the information to friends and family members.
If you’d like to explore further treatment with acupuncture, please give The Mitchell Hill Clinic – Acupuncture & Natural Health Centre in Truro a call on 01872 274774 or visit our website to book online: www.themitchellhillclinic.co.uk I also offer free 15 minute consultations should you wish to find out how acupuncture may help you.
Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK
1. Lee A, Fan LTY. Stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point P6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2009, Issue 2
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