Acupressure Helps Cope With Morning Nausea
According to American doctors, between 50 and 90% of pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting in the morning, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. There are currently a number of medications available to combat nausea. However, most of them cannot be recommended for use during pregnancy, since taking them increases the likelihood of birth defects in the unborn baby.
The September issue of the American Journal of Reproductive Medicine published the results of two studies showing the beneficial effects of acupressure to relieve nausea in pregnant women.
Acupressure was inherited from ancient Chinese healers. The acupressure method is to pressure, massage or acupuncture certain points.
To relieve nausea, stimulation of the P6 point (Neiguan) located above the wrist on the inside of the arm is recommended.
Pregnant women participating in the study were put on a special pressure bandage stimulating the P6 point. Wearing such a bandage for one day weakened the discomfort in women in the morning for the next 2 weeks.