nausea acupuncture chinese medicineAre you feeling nausea?  Do you feel sick and you need to vomit?  It really isn’t a great feeling, and it is a warning sign of other health concerns which you need to fix immediately.

There are many causes of nausea including gastrointestinal issues, severe pain, bowel obstructions, food poisoning, bacteria and viruses, certain drugs, motion sickness, pregnancy, overeating, ulcers, tumors, cancer, and ingestion of alcohol.   The most common cause of nausea is gastrointestinal problems.


Chinese Medicine and Nausea

In Chinese Medicine, nausea and vomiting are associated with the stomach, and the energy going upwards instead of downwards.  As the energy ascends, the contents of the stomach want to go upwards as well, and this leads to the feeling of nausea and vomiting.  Typcially, more than one organ is involved, and stress plays an important role in causing it.   It is often causes by consuming a pathogen ( virus/bacteria) from our food source.    In children, it could be a sign of an infection and should be treated immediately.

Acupuncture and Nausea

Acupuncture is effective in strengthening the stomach and moving its contents downwards instead of upwards.  This is also true for people who experience acid reflux which involves heat from the stomach rising upwards causing a burning pain.

Herbs and Nausea

There are many herbal treatments which can help aid and heal the stomach.  The point of the herbs is to regulate the digestive system.