• Motion Sickness Treatment with Acupuncture

    Travelling can be stressful enough, but what if it makes you sick to your stomach, too?  You may be familiar with the acupressure wrist bands created for this very purpose.  They can be helpful for calming a queasy stomach.

    Sea-Bands

    Sea-Bands

    However, for best results, you can combine the bands with an acupuncture treatment before your trip, and other acupressure tools from your acupuncturist!  I have found a beneficial motion sickness treatment I would like to share with you.

    Recently, a woman came to see me seeking prevention for motion sickness.  She has always become extremely ill during air travel.  She has even thrown up on planes.  She was miserable the entire day of the flight.  So, every time she traveled, she knew that her first day would be spent in bed, at the hotel.  I was glad she came to see me for help, but I was pretty confident that acupuncture would help.  We did a health evaluation, so that I could sure to choose the best points for her.  I like to use a mixture of empirical points, ones that have been passed down generation to generation and are proven to be helpful, along with points specific for the person I am seeing.

    We used points that calm the stomach, like PC 6 (the one the wrist bands stimulate), Ren 12, and ST 36.  I also used LV 3, which would help her with stress, and KD 27, which I have found to be helpful with morning sickness, so I thought it would be fitting here.  I also did points on the ear that are relaxing and ones associated with the stomach organ.

    After her acupuncture treatment, I applied ear seeds, or ear beads, to the appropriate ear points.  There is even a point associated with the cerebellum that is shown to be useful in motion sickness, so we used that one, too.

    I use gold ear beads with a clear adhesive tape.

    I use gold ear beads with a clear adhesive tape.

    She reported back that she felt great on her flight out.  For her flight back, she found an acupuncturist to reapply ear seeds.  This was helpful, but she seemed to do better on her flight out than her way back.

    Since this worked so well, she came back before her next vacation.  I did a very similar treatment with acupuncture and ear beads, but this time I sent her home with small magnets taped to KD 27.  I told her how to find the point, so that she could reapply for the trip home.

    She had great results with this, and was even able to read on the plane!  Fantastic!

    Do you know someone who suffers from motion sickness while travelling?  Please pass this post along to them.  I would love to help them travel comfortably.  Try to schedule your acupuncture treatment the day of, or the day before, your travels.