4 Natural Remedies for Nausea
Updated: Jan 3
Nausea and vomiting are very unpleasant symptoms of many conditions such as early pregnancy, concussions, infection, food poisoning, side effect of some anti-cancer drug therapy, motion sickness, overeating, blocked intestine, migraines, kidney or liver disorders...and more .
Nausea results from the stimulation of specific receptors in the vomiting zone in the brain.
Concern with vomiting is dehydration. Children have a greater risk of becoming dehydrated, especially if the vomiting occurs with diarrhea. Adults caring for sick children need to be aware of visible signs of dehydration: Dry lips and mouth, rapid breathing or rapid pulse. decreased urination and in infants a sunken fontanelle (soft spot on top of the baby's head).
There are several ways to relieve nausea: Conventional medical therapy, Dietary adjustments , Aromatherapy, Acupressure and Acupuncture.
Conventional medical therapy is not always helpful, and medications often have severe adverse effects, so let's look at the other options.
Nausea can be prevented by:
Eating small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals ( such as saltine crackers or plain toasted bread )
Avoiding fried, greasy, or sweet foods.
Consuming foods that are cold or at room temperature to avoid becoming nauseated from the smell of hot or warm foods
Drink clear or ice-cold drinks slowly
Resting after eating and keeping your head elevated about 12 inches above your feet helps reduce nausea.
If you feel nauseated when you wake up in the morning, eat some crackers before getting out of bed or eat a high protein snack (lean meat or cheese) before going to bed. Drink liquids between (instead of during) meals, and drink at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration. Try to eat when you feel less nauseated.
Add Ginger in your diet
Ginger has a long history of being used to treat nausea, stomachaches, and diarrhea. In China, for instance, it's been used to treat a variety of digestive and pain issues for more than 2,000 years.
There are many ways to take in ginger : raw ginger in cooking, drinking it in tea, or eating the candied form.
Peppermint is great too:
Peppermint is another traditional remedy that’s been around for many years. Both its leaves and its oil are helpful in dealing with indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
Its calming and numbing effect relaxes the stomach muscles so that bile can break down fats, and food can move through the stomach quickly.
Peppermint tea is probably the most common way to take this remedy, but it is also available in capsules.
Managing the scents in your environment is another way to ease nausea. Aromatherapy, which involves using scents like peppermint or lemon .
Place a drop or two of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the scent when you feel nauseated, or put it in an essential oil diffuser.
Acupressure is a kind of massage. You put pressure on certain places on your body. These places are called acupoints.
Pressing these acupoints can help your muscles relax, improve your blood flow and relieve symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
To relieve Nausea and prevent vomiting you can put pressure on acupoints P-6 on your inner arm near your wrist.
How to find P6
Position your hand so that your fingers are pointing up and your palm is facing you.
Place the first 3 fingers of your other hand across your wrist.
Place your thumb just below your index (pointer) finger. Remove the 3 fingers from your wrist but keep your thumb on that spot. Use your thumb to press down on the spot. You should be able to feel 2 large tendons in between your thumb.
Once you have found the pressure point, you can relax your hand and keep it in a comfortable position.
Press down on this point with your thumb. Move your thumb in a circle while applying pressure. You can move it in clockwise (to the right) or counterclockwise (to the left) circles. Do this for 2 to 3 minutes.
Be firm when applying pressure, but do not press so hard that it hurts. You may feel some aching or tenderness, but it should not be painful. If you feel any pain, you’re pressing down too hard.
Repeat steps 1 to 4 on your other wrist.
You can do acupressure on this point a few times a day until your symptoms improve.
you may also try Anti-Nausea Wristbands
Acupuncture & Nausea
There is good clinical evidence from more than 40 randomized controlled trials that acupuncture has some effect in preventing or attenuating nausea and vomiting. A growing number of experimental studies suggest mechanisms of action.
Acupuncture inhibits the receptors in the vomiting zone and it also decreases acid secretion in the upper Gastro-Intestinal tract thereby inhibiting nausea and vomiting. Research has highlighted that Acupuncture is effective whether nausea be due to morning sickness in pregnant women, postoperative nausea, anti-cancer drug therapy and motion sickness in travelers.
what is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment in which thin needles heat or pressure are applied to various points along the skin. These points are connected to invisible energy channels called meridians.
According to the theory of acupuncture, established thousands of years ago, an essential life energy called qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through the body along these meridians. When the flow of this energy is blocked or out of balance, illness or ailments result. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that stimulating those points with needles, heat or pressure will correct the flow of qi, increase blood circulation, alleviate pain, relax muscles and control Nausea and Vomiting.
How to choose an Acupuncturist
It is important to find a Trained and Experienced practitioner Acupuncturist. Diplomats of acupuncture have at least four years of academic training at the master’s level, must pass rigorous exams and meet state licensing and continuing education requirements.
Esther Hornstein is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and diplomat in acupuncture. with continuous professional update.
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