This study shows the effectiveness of stimulation of the acupuncture point Neiguan (P6) for preventing morning sickness and vomiting during pregnancy. Neiguan is located on the inner wrist, about 2 finger-widths above the wrist crease toward the elbow. Acupuncture treatments on a number of points (St36, Liv3, Sp9, LI4) is even more effective, but acupressure on the wrist is something you can try at home.
Morning sickness control in early pregnancy by Neiguan point acupressure.
de Aloysio D, Penacchioni P.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bologna University, Italy.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antiemetic effect of acupressure at the Neiguan point. METHODS: Sixty women in early pregnancy were entered into a randomized, double-blind, cross-over, placebo-controlled trial. During a 12-day period, organized in four steps of 3 days each, the women were divided into two homogeneous groups to test the effectiveness of unilateral and bilateral acupressure. RESULTS: Use of acupressure resulted in a significantly lower frequency of morning sickness compared with placebo treatment. More than a 60% positive effect was found with unilateral and bilateral acupressure, compared with an approximately 30% positive effect of placebo acupressure. Changing from unilateral to bilateral pressure on the Neiguan point caused no significant statistical difference. No noteworthy side effects occurred. CONCLUSION: Acupressure on the Neiguan point relieves morning sickness
Byron Russell, LAc