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  • Naduduwal? Try Locating Your P6 Pressure Point For Relief

    Acupressure can help ease nausea and vomiting even in pregnancy.
    by Jocelyn Valle .
Naduduwal? Try Locating Your P6 Pressure Point For Relief
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  • Editor’s Note: This article is intended for information purposes only. It does not substitute a doctor. It is vital to always consult a medically trained professional for advice that suits your needs best.

    Aside from pregnancy, there are a lot of nausea causes that range from common health conditions to possibly more serious medical concerns. There are also several ways to find relief, such as nausea pressure point in line with acupressure.

    What is nausea?

    Nausea is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit." It is not a disease but a symptom of many varying conditions, according to experts. It also doesn't necessarily involve vomiting, which is another symptom.

    Simply put, nausea is that uneasiness in your stomach and vomiting is the actual emptying of stomach contents through the mouth. Nausea and vomiting may occur separately or together, experts point out.

    Pregnant women in their first trimester are typically more prone to nausea in the morning or any time of the day as part of what is known as morning sickness. About 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women are believed to have experienced nausea. Cancer patients who are taking chemotherapy are also susceptible to nausea.

    Othe common causes of nausea are:

    • Certain smells or odors
    • Indigestion
    • Food poisoning
    • Migraine
    • Seasickness and other motion illnesses
    • Medications
    • Emotional stress
    • Viruses and infections
    • Eating disorder
    • Nausea with PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or perimenopausal symptoms

    Ways to ease nausea

    If you're having a bout of nausea, keep in mind these reminders to lessen the uneasiness you feel and to eventually find relief:

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    • Opt for bland foods
    • Avoid salty and fatty foods
    • Avoid large meals
    • Keep hydrated with water and other fluids
    • Drink ginger tea
    • Have some lemon candy
    • Relax and get some air
    • Ask your doctor for a short-term prescription of anti-sickness medicine called antiemetic, which is safe to use in pregnancy
    • Take a chance on acupressure or acupuncture

    How can nausea pressure point help?

    Guided by the teaching of acupressure, you can relieve yourself from nausea and morning sickness. Acupressure, as explained by the experts from University of Michigan Health (UMH), is based on Eastern medicine practices used to open up blocked energy pathways in the body.

    They add that instead of using acupuncture needles, you or a practitioner presses on a small area of the body to treat a given ailment, such as nausea. You can do acupressure at home by using your fingers to apply pressure to different pressure points.

    Experts from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) also explain that acupressure is an ancient healing art that’s based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. They say that with acupressure, you put pressure on specific places on your body.

    These specific places on your body are called acupoints. Experts explain further that stressing the acupoints can help release muscle tension and promote blood circulation. It can also relieve many common side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea and vomiting.

    First, you need to locate your pressure point P6, which is also called Neiguan. Experts say it is located on your inner arm near your wrist. They explain that constant pressure on the P6 point is used to prevent or reduce nausea.

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    To correctly find your P6, which is close to your wrist, you need to position your hand with your fingers pointing up and your palm is facing you. Then, place the first three fingers of your opposite hand across your wrist. Next, place your thumb on the inside of your wrist just below your index finger.

    At this point, you should be able to feel two large tendons under your thumb. Each tendon is a tissue that connects muscles to bones. That is pressure point P6. Now you're ready to relieve yourself from nausea.

    Using your thumb or forefinger, press on your P6 for about two to three minutes. Make a circular motion with your thumb to effectively apply nausea pressure point. Do this with firmness, but don’t press so hard that you'll get hurt. Then, move on to your other wrist and repeat the process. (Read here for more about nausea.)

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