|Point of the Week
Welcome back to a special edition of Point of the Week, to assist during pregnancy. This point, known to acupuncturists as Pericardium 6, is located on the inside of the wrist, in the middle of the wrist about two inches down from the prominent crease (between the two tendons). It is excellent for alleviating morning sickness and calming the digestion. You (or your pregnant partner) may experience bouts of nausea, vomiting, or queasiness during pregnancy. This point is used to ease nausea and prevent vomiting, and actually for that reason has long been described as the "seasickness point." You may even have seen wrist bands that stimulate this point marketed to sailors and cruise ship attendees. Pressing this point increases circulation within the energy pathways and can also be used preventively upon awakening each morning to avoid developing the symptoms. Note: Remember these vignettes are not medical advice.
Step one: Locate the point Pericardium 6 on the inner aspect of the wrist. The correct point will likely feel a little tender when using a firm touch.
Step two: Using your thumb or index finger, press and hold the pressure for 10 seconds. Repeat several times per hour, or until symptoms lessen.
Dr. Gigi Shames, LAc NHD, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati. She can be reached at (415) 388-0456 or www.ShamesHealth.com