Probably you remember a situation when you felt unbearable nausea, but you didn’t have any medicine at hand to ease the discomfort. The good news is that you don’t need any medicine because acupressure can do the same job without harming your body with chemicals!
What is acupressure?
Acupressure is a wellness therapy developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of Asian, especially Chinese, medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points along the body. These points follow specific channels, known as meridians – the same channels used in acupuncture.
According to Asian medical philosophy, activation of these points with pressure (or needles) can improve blood flow, release tension, and enhance or unblock life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English-speaking world as “chi.” This release allows energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper function.
It should be noted that the existence of qi and meridians is doubted by many Western scientists. According to this skeptical view, any healing effect from acupuncture or acupressure sessions is not due to the alteration of subtle energy flows along invisible channels, but rather to the same gross physical effects that happen during any kind of massage therapy, including muscular relaxation and improved regional blood flow.
What conditions is acupressure used for?
For centuries, the Chinese have used acupressure points as a beauty treatment to enhance muscle tone and increase circulation, especially of facial muscles.
This can reportedly improve the condition and appearance of the skin, lessening wrinkles and sagging of the face without drugs or surgery, although clinical trials are needed to confirm this.
Acupressure points have also been employed to increase arousal, decrease sexual tension and reportedly aid in alleviating sexual dysfunction, including infertility, decreased sexual desire, premature ejaculation, and impotency.
Acupressure therapy can also be used to relieve pain, reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation and promote deep states of relaxation. It is often done by massage therapists and other bodyworkers, but can also be learned as a technique to be done oneself.
Individuals can be treated, and then trained in various self-care applications and pressure-point formulas for specific conditions. These include nausea and vomiting, motion sickness, headaches, neck and back pain, as well as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental and emotional stress, even addiction recovery and learning disorders.
So, if you feel bad due to a cold or a hangover, then press the point on the inside part of your upper arm, right under the palm. This pressure should prevent vomiting.
Find this spot and press it with your thumb or finger. By stimulating it, you send a signal to your brain and the body starts to create certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. These neurotransmitters will change the chemistry in your body, so you won’t feel nausea any longer and you won’t have the urge to vomit!