Pressure Points For Nausea

Pressure Points That are Exceptionally Good for Relieving Nausea

Instead of taking pills that may end up increasing your feeling of nausea, try acupressure technique that will give instant relief without side-effects.
At some point in time, almost everyone experiences a feeling of nausea. It is an unpleasant feeling that may leave a person with a groggy head and cause a lot of discomfort. A person who is suffering from nausea usually feels like he/she is about to throw up, and along with that there is a very strong sense of discomfort in the stomach. The feeling induced by nausea is very similar to that produced when a person experiences sea sickness. Similar to many other illnesses, there are many home remedies for curing nausea, one of them being acupressure massage.
Young man with coffee have stomachache
Acupressure Points to Relieve Nausea
Short-term nausea and vomiting are not very harmful but can cause plenty of discomfort. Excessive vomiting though, may lead to serious repercussions. Acupressure is one of the proven ways to treat nausea, and it is widely used in many parts of the world. There are many anti-nausea pressure points on the human body that can provide relief within a few minutes. The biggest advantage of acupressure technique is that it is a home remedy that does not require any medical supervision. Given below are some common pressure points for relieving nausea, along with illustrations for better understanding.
Large Intestine 4 (LI-4)
Large Intestine
Location : On the webbing between your thumb and index finger

How to Find It
  • Press the thumb against the base of your index finger of the same hand.
  • The highest bulge appearing at the end of the crease, is the perfect location of the pressure point.
As shown in the figure, use the thumb of your other hand and rub the pressure point gently for 3-4 minutes or until you feel better.
Pericardium 3 (PC-3)
Pericardium 3
Location : On the elbow inside the bicep tendon

How to Find It
  • Bend your arm at the angle of 45° and notice the crease on inner side of the elbow.
  • At the end of the crease is your PC3 pressure point.
The point is also known as the "Crooked Marsh" and it effectively treats problems like indigestion, chest congestion and other stomach problems when you massage it for the recommended 3 to 5 minutes.
Stomach 36 (ST-36)
Stomach 36
Location : On the frontal side of leg between the shinbone and leg muscle

How to Find It
  • Place four fingers of your hand breadth-wise below the knee cap.
  • On the outer side of the leg bone, below the little finger of your hand is the exact location of the pressure point.
Massage the point for at least 4 minutes to get relief.
Pericardium 6 (P6 or PC6)
Pericardium 6
Location : On the inner side of the wrist

How to Find It
  • Place the first three fingers of your right hand on the wrist of the left hand where the palm ends.
  • Press the point between the two tendons in the middle of the wrist and you will get correct location of the pressure point.
This pressure point is also known as the "inner gate" since it is located on the inner side of the wrist. The point should be pressed gently as soon as you feel nauseated and should be continued until there is relief.
Stomach 44 (ST-44)
Stomach 44
Location : On the top of the foot between the tendons where the bones of second and third toes meet

How to Find It
  • When you apply pressure on the indentation between the tendons of the second and third toes, you will find perfect location of the pressure point.
Massage this area gently for 5-6 seconds and move your finger forward towards the webbing between second and third toe. Massage this area for a while and return to the previous pressure point. Repeat this for at least 3 times to get better results.
Conception Vessel 11 (CV 11)
Conception Vessel 11
Location : Between the belly button and sternum

How to Find It
  • Try to find a depression or indentation at an equal distance from your belly button and sternum, which is your CV11 pressure point.
If you massage this point for 4 to 5 minutes, it will give relief from heartburn, nausea, indigestion and diarrhea.
Conception Vessel 2 (CV 2)
Conception Vessel 2
Location : Above the pubic bone

How to Find It
  • When you slide your finger into the depression just 2 inches above the pubic bone, you will find this pressure point.
Apply pressure gently for 3-5 minutes and you will feel relieved not only from nausea but also from fatigue and weakness associated with it.
Conception Vessel 22 (CV 22)
Conception Vessel
Location : Between the collarbones

How to Find It
  • Use your fingertip to spot the depression in the middle of the collarbones, which is your CV22 acupressure point.
Apply pressure for 3 to 4 minutes to get instant relief from the nauseated feeling.
Rubbing Wrists Against Each Other
Rubbing Wrists
The simplest acupressure technique to get relief from nausea is rubbing both the wrists against each other. You can keep doing it until there is relief from nausea. It will also relieve you from uneasiness and discomfort.
Causes Of Nausea
Nausea is commonly viewed as a condition where your body is telling you that something is not right. You must not ignore this condition under any circumstances and must take immediate action to remedy the situation. Nausea is caused by a variety of reasons, the most common ones being:
  • Indigestion
  • Food poisoning
  • Motion sickness and sea sickness
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Stomach flu
  • Reactions to certain food groups
Many doctors will recommend that a feeling of nausea should just be endured and allowed to take its natural course. However, this method may not be suitable for some individuals and in such a situation, it is the acupressure technique that helps. Once you know about these pressure points, you should also be aware of how you should rub those points correctly. Each point should be massaged for three to five minutes firmly, using your fingertip or the end of a pencil that has an eraser.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of a medical expert.