How to Use Shiatsu to Relieve Nausea

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese form of alternative healing. It comes from shi, meaning finger, and atsu, meaning pressure. There are two schools of thought. One is based in Western anatomical and physiological theory and the other is based in traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu can be done by yourself at home or with some help. Here’s how you can use Shiatsu to help relieve nausea.


Things You’ll Need:

  • Ginger Teas
  • Peppermint Teas
  • Peppermint Oils

Step 1

The goal is to promote digestion to relieve the nausea. You can do this alone or have a partner help you with these Shiatsu techniques. Place your left hand in a relaxed, open position. Notice the web between your thumb and index finger. Press the point located on the back (anterior) part of the hand between the web. The point is the middle point of the web. Pressure on this point promotes digestion as well as the downward movement of the Ki.

Step 2

To release stagnated energy int his step you’ll need to stimulate a different point on the body. Take your middle finger and press on the bottom rib on the front of the body. This also encourages downward Ki energy flow.

Step 3

Nausea is said to be caused by upward movement of the Ki energy. Stop this uprising of energy by utilizing another pressure point. Prevent the urge to vomit by pressing down on the point located between the diaphragm and collarbone—on the breastbone. You should hold the pressure even for 2 or 3 minutes until the nervous system responds to the pressure. You should feel the anxiety reducing as well.

Step 4

Bloating is another symptom that comes along with nausea. To combat bloating place your first four fingers on the point just above your navel. This point is along the median of your body. This should help eliminate the after effects of bloating.

Step 5

Finding a way to moderate the digestive functions of the stomach and decrease Ki that is flowing the wrong way, use this technique. Raise your right leg. Find the point located between the two bones on the outside of your leg just at the knee. Use four fingers to apply firm pressure to this point. Do this at a time interval of 2 minutes. This way you can fully benefit from the effects.

Step 6

Nausea is often linked to anxiety. To help calm and sedate the body use a different point. There is a point located on the wrist. Place two fingers below the bend of the wrist to locate the spot. Press between the two bones to release a relaxing effect through out the body.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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