3. Nausea and Vomiting: Pericardium
The pericardium (P6) is the acupressure point located between the two large tendons on the inside of your wrist, about two finger widths from the base of your palm. Pericardium means ‘around the heart’ and refers to the channel that starts in that area, deep inside the chest. It is also known as Neiguan, in Chinese, or Inner Gate.
It is considered useful to tackle nausea and vomiting caused by various reasons including motion sickness, pregnancy, post-surgery, and post-chemotherapy. It can also help relieve headaches, chest pain, upset stomach and carpal tunnel syndrome pain. Some studies have even shown that it can stop persistent hiccups.
To find the pericardium you should turn your hands over so the palm is facing up, and then use your finger to apply downward pressure tracing from the middle of your wrist moving down your arm towards your elbow between the two tendons. With moderate pressure, you should then hit an area of increased tenderness – this is your pressure point. To feel its benefit – try gently massaging and stimulating the area with your index and middle fingers for a couple of minutes. You may need to repeat this several times for maximum effect.
This acupressure point has been proven to be so effective at quelling nausea, which pressure wristbands now exist to help people who suffer from regular nausea-related conditions such as motion sickness. These are available from many drug or health food stores. These have, however, been a point of controversy for many traditional acupressure practitioners who do not believe that it is healthy to have constant pressure applied to a sensitive acupressure site. They argue that overuse of the pericardium ultimately makes acupressure on this site less effective.