By Mr. Santosh Pandey, Acupuncture
Nausea or the urge to vomit can result from a large number of reasons. It can be a result of allergies, food poisoning, excessive alcohol etc. Nausea is also very common in the early stages of pregnancy and chemotherapy. People across all ages have suffered from nausea at some point or another. However, when nausea and vomiting becomes a chronic ailment, it affects your daily activities as well as productivity.
Drugs used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting mainly include anti-histamines, antimuscarinics, dopamine antagonists, corticosteroids etc. These drugs can have side effects in some people and have to be given very carefully in cancer patients and pregnant women. Under such circumstances, acupuncture can be a very effective way to cure nausea and vomiting.
Acupuncture is a Chinese practice that is being used for about 3000 years. The basic principle of acupuncture is restoring the balance of energy in between the mind and body.
• Needles are inserted at specific points in the body to redistribute the energy flow or qi through channels or meridians in the body. It heals the body from within.
• The varying pressure of the various needles initiates the natural healing response by increasing the flow of blood through the body.
Acupuncture in Nausea and Vomiting
Treatment through acupuncture depends on the cause of nausea and vomiting. Therefore, it varies from person to person and the effectiveness of treatment through acupuncture depends largely on the acupuncturist.
The acupuncturist inserts a needle on the underside of your wrist, three fingers below the palm. This point is called the P6 point in acupuncture. The acupuncturist can use an electric current to enhance the effect of the treatment.
Side effects of this treatment include mild pain and bleeding at the point of the needle prick. Acupuncture reduces nausea by increasing secretion of beta-endorphins and inhibiting activity of the vomiting centre of your brain. Vomiting and nausea are also controlled as an acupuncture decrease acid section in the stomach and gastric arrhythmia.
The effectiveness of acupuncture in curing nausea and vomiting is proven by clinical research, especially for nausea induced by chemotherapy and pregnancy.
Nausea is an extremely unpleasant feeling. Vomiting leaves one feeling dehydrated and lethargic. Many people all over the world suffer from health conditions that have nausea and vomiting as a major symptom or side effect. Use of drugs can potentially worsen the situation. In this light, acupuncture is a safe, proven and cost-effective therapy that gives you relief without any major or long-term side effects.