July 8, 2019
Acupoints to relieve motion sickness
Travelling makes us happy, but for those who are prone to have motion sickness, there is anxiety before the trip. There is a risk of motion sickness whether you are taking a flight, going on land or water route. From a Chinese medicine perspective, having motion sickness is related to body condition and physical state. Those with qi and blood deficiency or asthenic stomach and spleen are prone to dizziness, nausea and vomiting in a shaky environment. Lacking of sleep and fatigue can easily lead to motion dizziness.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, when you feel dizzy, you can eat sour food to relieve the symptoms of discomfort as the sour taste has the effect of astringency. Those who are prone to have motion dizziness should bring dried citrus peel, dried sweet plum or sour candy to be prepared. You can also press these two acupoints on the hand – Inner Pass (Nei Guan) Point and Union Valley (He Gu) Point to alleviate dizziness and vomiting. When you are dizzy, look out the window at the distance, or close your eyes for a short time. You can open the window to breathe in the fresh air, look out the window or turn off the seat ventilation equipment, avoid reading books or looking at mobile phones, try to keep your body still and avoid any quick head movement.
Inner Pass (Nei Guan) Point
Effects: alleviates nausea due to motion sickness as well as nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy.
Location: located three finger breadths below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons
Union Valley (He Gu) Point
Effects: alleviates dizziness, headache, bloating and tinnitus
Location: between the thumb and index finger, right next to the second metacarpal bone
Note: pregnant women should not press this acupoints as it has labour inducing qualities.