Acupressure for Morning Sickness

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Acupressure for Morning Sickness

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Acupressure may help relieve or shorten the duration of your morning sickness symptoms. Acupressure is based on Eastern medicine practices used to open up blocked energy pathways in the body. Instead of using acupuncture needles, you or a practitioner presses on a small area of the body to treat a given ailment.

Constant pressure on the P6 point is used to prevent or reduce nausea. The P6 point is on the inner side of your arm, in line with your middle finger. It is close to your wrist, one-sixth of the way between your wrist and elbow. You can press on your arm with a thumb or finger or try wearing wristbands (such as Sea-Bands) that press a plastic disc on the P6 point on each arm.

Several studies suggest that acupressure makes bouts of nausea and vomiting shorter, though the symptoms may still be as severe.1

There is no risk in trying acupressure for morning sickness.

References

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  1. Festin M (2007). Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, search date May 2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised January 27, 2011

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