Motion sickness, sometimes known as travel sickness, or kinetosis, is a common condition that we have all experienced a least a few times in our lives. We are all familiar with that miserable feeling in the pit of your stomach, coupled with queasiness and an overwhelming urge to vomit after going on a boat ride. The nausea is usually not relieved after vomiting, and generally will not resolve until the actual motion causing the nausea is resolved. There is, however, another method you can try! Acupressure is a quick and easy way to relieve all different types of motion sickness. Moderate stimulation of specific acupressure points can ease the common symptoms of motion sickness such as nausea, fatigue, and dizziness!
Try these acupressure points to alleviate motion sickness:
Note: These Acupressure points should be stimulated with moderate pressure and should be stimulated frequently throughout the day! Stimulate each point with your thumb and/ or index finger for at least a minute before moving on to the next point.
PC 6 (Nei Guan): This point is located on the inner arm, two thumb widths from the wrist crease, in between the two tendons. The tendons will be more prominent with a clenched fist (if you can only feel for one tendon, then locate this point on the ulnar/ inner/ pinky side of the tendon).
LI 4 (He Gu): This point is located on the top of the hand, on the web between the thumb and index finger. Squeeze the thumb against the base of the index finger, and this point is located on the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, level with the end of the crease.
SJ 17 (Yi Feng): This point is located behind the ear lobe, in a depression between the mandible and the mastoid process.
Vertigo (Auricular point): This point is located on the antitragus on the ear.
Disclaimer: This information is intended as a patient education resource only and should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem as it is not a substitute for expert professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult with your primary care physician.