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Acupressure for Nausea and Vomiting

This information explains how to perform acupressure to reduce nausea and vomiting.

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that is based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. Finger pressure is used to stimulate trigger points on the body (acupoints). Pressing these points can help release muscle tension and promote blood circulation. Research suggests that it can also relieve many common side effects of chemotherapy. You can learn how to perform acupressure on yourself in order to reduce nausea and vomiting.

Pressure Point Neiguan (P-6)

Pressure point P-6, or Neiguan, is a pressure point on your inner arm. You can perform acupressure on this point to relieve nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy. 

  1. Position your hand so that your fingers are pointing up and your palm is facing you.
  2. To find pressure point P-6, place the first 3 fingers of your opposite hand across your wrist (see Figure 1). Then, place your thumb on the point just below your index finger (see Figure 2). You should be able to feel two large tendons under your thumb.
  3. Use your thumb or forefinger to press on this point in a circular motion for 2 to 3 minutes. The pressure should be firm but not cause discomfort.
  4. Repeat the process on your other wrist.

You can perform acupressure on this point several times a day, or as needed. We recommend doing this before each meal and before going to bed.

To learn about other complementary therapies available at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, call the Integrative Medicine Service at (646) 888-0800 or visit our website: www.mskcc.org/IntegrativeMedicine.