How to Use the P6 Pressure Point to Relieve Nausea and Vomiting
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique involving the practice of applying precise pressure (usually with your fingers) to trigger points on the body with the goal of relieving muscle tension, promoting blood circulation, reducing depression, and more. This pressure is essentially a way of turning on the body’s self-healing and regulatory systems.
One pressure point, the P6 (short for Pericardium 6 and also referred to as Nei Guan), is known for its ability to relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches. The P6 is located on the inner forearm, three finger breadths below the wrist and in between the two tendons.
How can the P6 provide relief? The Pericardium pathway passes through your chest, through your diaphragm, and into your mid and lower abdomen; on its way to the abdomen, the pathway passes through your stomach. When P6 is stimulated, it can soothe an upset stomach.
Those who suffer from motion or car sickness know how uncomfortable and disruptive nausea and vomiting can be. Read on to find out how to use this pressure point to find relief.
Position your hand so that your palm is facing you and your fingers are pointing up.
To find the P6 pressure point, place the first three fingers of your opposite hand across your wrist. Then, place your thumb on the point just below your index finger. You should feel two large tendons under your thumb.
Using your thumb or forefinger, press on this point in a circular motion for two to three minutes. The pressure should be firm but not to the point of causing discomfort.
Lastly, repeat the process on your other wrist.
If you’re experiencing nausea or vomiting, these four simple steps can help you find some relief.