Tried and True: Acupressure Self-Care for Nausea and Motion Sickness
I was recently traveling by bus through the mountains and despite the beautiful scenery, found myself feeling quite sick. Drinking water and eating something to calm my stomach didn’t seem to help. Finally, I decided to take my own advice and use acupressure for self-care. Within a few minutes my dizziness began to clear and nausea improve. Instead of kicking myself for not using the points sooner, I figured I would take advantage of the opportunity and share these points with Grace and Spunk readers.
The two acupressure points, P6 and TW5, are located on the topside and underside of your wrist 3 finger-widths from the wrist crease. If you were wearing a watch, TW5 would be where the face of the watch sits and P6 near the buckle. These points are useful for nausea of all kinds- motion sickness, morning sickness, and food poisoning, as well as for calming anxiety and regulating body temperature.
I usually recommend holding points lightly for 1-3 minutes or until you feel a “pulsing”, but for nausea firm pressure is best. The product ‘Sea Bands’- stretchy bracelets with two plastic nobs- utilize these points and are sold in drugstores for sea sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness or nausea, making your own wrist band is easy. Just sew two buttons on a piece of elastic or stretchy fabric and you’re set!
Hold your points!
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Molly Glasgow, contributor, is a practical realist learning to be spontaneous. She enjoys driving fast and believes everything is better with a good cigar. In the spirit of accessibility, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about acupressure self-care or with any questions.