Morning Sickness

Did you know that there are pressure points on your body that can help relieve your morning sickness? These points are located on energy channels referred to as meridians that, according to Chinese medicine, make up the anatomy of your body.

These acupressure points work really well when the nausea is low. They make it possible for you to manage your own symptoms with either your own hands or those of your partner's. If the symptoms are more severe, you will need acupuncture to have a greater effect on the body in order to achieve lasting relief. Acupuncture employs fine needles to remove blockages, supplement deficiencies or clear meridians to achieve a state of health and well - being.

How Chinese Medicine Views Morning Sickness

Morning sickness or nausea is seen as energy going in the wrong direction. Stomach energy is supposed to go down and out, and not up. The following acupressure techniques can help you in restoring the correct direction of energy flow.

There are a couple of points that can be tried, but there are no guarantees that they will work for you. It is a matter of trial and error as every person's constitution is different. It is important to note that acupressure is different from massage. Acupressure involves applying sustained pressure on a specific point on the body to bring about a result.

Preparing for Self Treatment

Before you begin, it would be helpful if you can rate the seriousness of your nausea on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. By doing this, you will be able to measure the change that acupressure will bring about. When you have found the right spot on your body, hold it there for a minute or two before you can repeat on the other side of the body. Acupressure points are always present on both sides of the body.

First, look at the inside of your left wrist crease. Then, with your thumb, measure 1-2 thumb widths back to your elbow crease. This point, called "pericardium six", has a connection to the inner lining of your stomach and has the effect of calming the mind. Press deeply between the two tendons you see there. You may also observe that the two bones of your arm come together here at the wrist. This is the place where you need to press.

Press deeply. Keep in mind that if it hurts in a good way, then you are at the right spot. If not, move a little bit towards your elbow crease and try again. Keep moving around that spot until you start feeling some relief. If it isn't working still, try this point.

The next point lies on the kidney meridian and is called "kidney six". Locate your inner ankle. Then, draw an imaginary line parallel to the sole of the foot brushing the bottom of the ankle bone. Now, draw another line next to the ankle and parallel to the Achillies tendon. At the intersection of both these lines is the point "kidney six". Again, you will need to try around this area to find the right spot. When you find the right spot, you will feel pain, but it will be "good pain". Move up towards your ankle in a couple of spots to find the right point and hold it there for a minute or two. Check whether there has been any effect on the nausea by comparing the rating with the rating measured earlier. If it does not work on one side of the body, it might work on the other side.

After you have found the spots that work for you, use them daily - morning and night, couple of minutes on each occasion. It is that simple. If you don't find these points effective, it only means that you need to find different ones. Remember that there are many spots on your body that can be helpful with nausea.