How to Use Acupressure to Relieve Nausea


For some of us, nausea is a regular occurrence. Whether it’s because of morning sickness, travel sickness, cancer treatments, or some other condition, it can be truly frustrating and even debilitating.

For some people, one thing that seems to give some relief is acupressure. Acupressure has been used for centuries in China to help with a variety of ailments and symptoms, and it’s been shown to help with nausea in many sufferers.

Here are some acupressure points to relieve your nausea:

  1. Start with the wrist pressure point. This is the one that most commonly gives relief. You’ll find it by placing your finger at the crease of your wrist. Move up your forearm until your finger is between the two arm tendons. This pressure point is useful in treating nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, insomnia, carpel tunnel syndrome, and even a number of anxiety disorders.
  2. The elbow pressure point is another option. This one is located on your elbow joint. Go to the inside of the joint, near the tendon that connects the bicep to the elbow. This pressure point helps with digestive issues, nausea, anxiety, and even congestion of the chest.
  3. Another pressure point that can sometimes help with nausea is located on your belly. It’s about midway between the belly button and the sternum. This pressure point is useful for morning sickness, motion sickness, general nausea, heartburn, digestive issues, and even diarrhea.
  4. A second abdominal pressure point that can sometimes help with nausea is located approximately two inches above the pubic bone. This pressure point has also been used to help treat fatigue or general weakness.

To apply pressure to these points, use the tip of your finger. You can massage these points for about three to five minutes, and you should start to feel some relief.

Motion sickness bands are another option. They rely on that first pressure point in the wrist. They automatically apply the right amount of pressure in the right spot, and can help many people as they struggle with nausea, regardless of whether it’s caused by motion sickness or something else.