Press your Inner Gate (located on the palm-side of your wrist between 2 tendons) with your thumb for 5 min, gradually increasing pressure. If still nauseous, couple this movement with an additional middle finger hold on your Outer Gate (located on the opposite side of the forearm from Inner Gate). You may also use both sets of fingers and press into your abdomen in a circular motion, expanding outward.
Nausea is an indicator that something is wrong.
Depending on the severity and duration of vomiting, some level of dehydration may occur. In severe cases, this may become a medical emergency.
Small sips of warm water may help the patient stay hydrated or, if this is not tolerable, sucking on ice chips may help.
3 Simple Acupressure Techniques To Cure Nausea
You can perform these three simple acupressure techniques at home to alleviate your nausea.
1. Pericardium 6 (P6) Or Inner Gate
To locate this point, place your hand with the palm facing up.
Starting from the middle of the wrist crease, place three fingers down below your wrist such that your index finger is in the middle of two tendons.
If you are having trouble locating the tendons, flex your wrist and they should be displayed more prominently.
Press Inner Gate lightly with the pad of your thumb. You can slowly increase pressure and go deeper into the point. Continue this exercise for up to five minutes if you are using heavy pressure.
However, some people experience more relief from nausea when they continuously press with gentle to moderate pressure. If this is the case for you, it is safe to apply acupressure for longer periods of time.
This may be especially helpful in cases of motion sickness.
2. San Jiao 5 (SJ5) Or Outer Gate
If your nausea still persists, you can activate this partner point to Inner Gate. It is found on the opposite side of the forearm from Inner Gate.
With your thumb on Inner Gate and your middle finger on Outer Gate, complete the circuit by squeezing the points together using moderate pressure. Hold for a few seconds and then release. This can be done for up to five minutes.
If you feel you need a little extra self-care, you can place your hands near your heart, close your eyes, and breathe deeply as you perform this technique.
3. Abdominal Circular Motions
This exercise covers a larger area and is less exacting.
First, put your hands on your hips, at the level of your waistline.
Next, adjust your fingers so they are all below your ribs, with your pinky resting around the level of your belly button. Your fingers should be lined up with the nipples.
Press into the abdomen using circular motions and gradually expand your motions outwards for another couple of inches.
This technique can be quite soothing and is best when performed sitting down, for two to three minutes.