Chinese Medicine on Nausea & Vomiting
I still find it amazing to think that 2000 years ago Chinese medicine had a variety of sophisticated treatment strategies to address nausea and vomiting and many other health complaints. In the oldest herbal medicine classic, there is a specific formula for morning sickness with high doses of ginger, pinellia, and ginseng being included. There are also great acupuncture points for nausea and the effect is noticed very quickly.
Nausea can be connected to a variety of health complaints and this is where Chinese medicine has an advantage, because both symptoms and cause are addressed simultaneously, and treatment is individualised to suit the patient’s situation. For example, nausea connected to headaches and migraines potentially requires a different approach with each patient even though the disease is the same.
Another approach to treating nausea and vomiting is by regulating the digestive system and keeping the bowels moving in a regular fashion and with normal consistency. This helps the stomach to be filling and emptying well and therefore settling it.
A recent research project found that Acupuncture for nausea & vomiting was classified as positive. The Acupuncture evidence project found that Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting was rated as positive. It also found that Acupuncture for Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) to be positive. See the Acupuncture Evidence Project for details.
Written by Hamish Brown
The Way of Water Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture
Hamish works with Chinese Herbs for complex health conditions, and with acupuncture for pain relief.