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Pericardium SixPericardium 6 (PC 6), called nei guan in Chinese, is one of the most famous and well researched acupressure points.

It is used to treat many conditions, most famously nausea.  It works for any type of nausea: morning sickness, car sickness, and sea sickness.  In fact, this point is the reason those magnetic wristbands work while you are on a cruise.

Recently on a trip to Guatemala, I had to massage PC 6 for many passengers during our bus ride through the mountains.

It works well.   Gentle pressure needs to be applied in order to prevent the nausea from coming back during the trip.

Not talked about that much, but at least as valuable, is that it can also treat hiccups.

How does it work?
PC 6 works because it influences the flow of qi, the body’s energy.  In the digestive tract, the qi is supposed to flow downwards.  Nausea and hiccups are disharmonies when the qi flows upward.  Gently massaging this point helps the qi flow down.

The pericardium channel goes from the middle finger to the chest and then downward through the stomach. PC 6  can be used for symptoms such as nausea, indigestion, stomach aches, and hiccups.

Location: To locate PC 6 hold your hand palm side up.  The point is on the center line of your forearm, two thumb widths up (towards your elbow) from the wrist crease.

Symptoms: stomach aches, nausea, indigestion, hiccups, and sea sickness.  This point is safe to treat morning sickness during pregnancy.  If you have chronic morning sickness, nausea, digestive problems or reflux disease, you will probably need acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment.

How to Massage: Often with nausea, PC 6 will feel tender and sensitive.  Massage in gentle circles.  At first, do not press too hard because this can occasionally make the nausea worse.  If the person you are helping is comfortable, you can press harder.  Rub for 30 seconds to two minutes.  Acupressure works quite fast, usually withing a minute or two, to soothe the stomach.  You may need to repeat often for car sickness.

Learn more about Acupressure:

The introductory class for Acupressure for Self Healing at the New York Open Center is on Monday November 5th at 6pm.

Interested in learning more about how you can use acupressure to relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, digestive problems, and improve overall health? Then you should come to my class at the New York Open Center in November 2012.

What will I learn in the class?

  • This course will introduce you to the basic concepts and practices of acupressure, including how to

    locate points, how to diagnose imbalances in energy flow through the meridians, and how to apply pressure correctly. You’ll also learn some qigong breathing exercises and tui na massage techniques.

  • By the end of the course, you’ll be able to use acupressure on ourselves and others to alleviate a range of ailments, including indigestion, PMS and menstrual cramps, headaches and migraines, back and neck pain, as well as to boost overall wellness and energy.

How long is the course?

  • There is a five dollar introductory course on November 5th at 6pm. Click here to register.
  • The course meets for 4 session on Mondays from November 12th- December 10th from 6-7:30pm.
    There is no class meeting on November 19th.


Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban is a New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist providing the highest quality Acupuncture and Chinese medicine care tailored to your needs.
Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

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5 Comments » for The Greatest Acupressure Point for Nausea, Reflux, and Hiccups
  1. Christine Ross says:

    My 21 y.o. daughter has had excruciating abdominal pain associated with a possible bowel movement (whether she has a bowel movement or not) for the last 3 years. They even took her gallbladder out thinking that this was the cause. The attacks became worse after 3 hours of general anesthesia for oral surgery in January 2009. She gets about 4-6 attacks a day. Have you ever heard of such a thing. She has had all the tests to rule out disease: colonoscopy, endoscopy; we are waiting for the results of a capsule endoscopy. She is living on Ensure because she had lost weight; she gained 20 lbs in the fall on Ensure; then she lost all the weight after her surgery. We tried accupuncture in Libertyville–just once. I’m not sure what else to do. Have you any ideas

  2. admin says:

    Hello Christine,

    Abdominal pain is very treatable with acupuncture and herbs. I have treated it many times.

    Your body’s natural healing mechanisms are the only way to heal, but as long as the imbalance persists, there can be no healing. Traditional Chinese medicine works by bringing the body back into balance so it can heal itself. That’s why I can often treat conditions that other approaches cannot.

    I understand the worry and frustration you must be feeling as a mother. At the same time, correcting imbalances can take time. It often takes a treatment series and one treatment is often not enough.

    I would be happy to talk with you about treating your daughter’s condition. Please call me at 212-319-5757 to schedule a free consultation.


  3. joe says:

    Thank you. I just cured a persistent recurring bout of hiccups. I have used this same spot to ease deathly seasickness on a fishing trip. I am in your debt for this knowledge. Wow!!

  4. admin says:

    Great, I’m happy to hear that. Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Gayle says:

    This is amazing. I’ve been having extreme nausea and very strong, recurring hiccups. I found this page by google search, and the second I pressed the spot, the hiccups ended. I’m quite impressed. Thank you.

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