Pericardium 6 (PC 6), called nei guan in Chinese, is one of the most famous and well researched acupressure points for nausea, morning sickness, and reducing anxiety.
PC 6 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 worked well and they were able to travel much more comfortably afterwards.
Gentle pressure needs to be applied in order to prevent the nausea from coming back during the trip.
Another amazing thing about PC 6 is that it can help with hiccups. It is a very valuable secret to know about!
How does PC 6 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.
One thumb with is a cun, or body inch. It is how we measure acupuncture point locations.
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 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 within a minute or two, to soothe the stomach. You may need to repeat often for car sickness.
Acupressure for Morning Sickness
Acupressure at Pericardium 6 is the most common point to massage for morning sickness.
Acupressure at PC 6 is especially useful for pregnant women who experience mild to moderate nausea or vomiting.
This acupressure point is located on the palmar (palm up) side of the forearm. It is located two cun (the width of your thumb) away from the wrist crease along the center line of the forearm.
If you are nauseous I recommend gently holding with light pressure without moving or massaging the point. You can also gently press all along the middle line of the forearm on other parts of the pericardium channel.
PC 6 is also known as the seasickness acupuncture point, and is effective in reducing symptoms of nausea. It also helps with hiccups and abdominal fullness.