Immediate Relief for Motion Sickness with Acupressure

Learn these two simple acupressure points and you can help yourself relieve symptoms of motion sickness. If you have long fingernails, you can use other objects such as the blunt end of pen instead of your fingers to massage.

First point (P6): Nei Guan
This acupressure point helps relieve giddy feelings at the head.

To locate it, position one upper hand with palm facing you and your fingers pointing up. Then place three fingers of the other hand below the wrist to help to locate the point. The point is in between two tendons and you should feel the tendons when you use your thumb or forefinger to rub the point.

Press on this point in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. The pressure should be firm but not to the point of causing discomfort. It is normal to feel some numb sensations in your palm and forearm during the massage. Repeat the process on your other wrist.

Second point (L14): He Gu
This acupressure point directly corresponds to our TCM digestive organs and is very effective in stopping those nausea feelings in the stomach and preventing vomiting. It is also often used to help relieve headaches.

Hold out one hand in a loose fist with the thumb facing you. The acupressure point is located between the roots of your thumb and forefinger. Use your thumb of the other hand to feel the point while the other four fingers secure and support the loose fist by holding it tightly. Massage with thumb in a circular motion and you should feel the bone of the palm when you massage. The pressure applied should be of such level that your palm starts sweating. Do so for 2-3 minutes, then change hands.

After applying pressure on these two points, some people may start sweating slightly or feeling tired, which is normal. You should just sit back and rest.

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