The Greatest Acupressure Point for Nausea, Reflux, and Hiccups

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.
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