Nei Guan is commonly used to help relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches
Nei Guan (P6 or PC6) is commonly used to help relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches. Nei Guan (P6) is located three finger breadths below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons. To find and use this acupressure point, (1) locate the point by turning your hands over so the palm is facing up then (2) apply downward pressure between the two tendons, massaging and stimulating the area for 4-5 seconds.
It is cited in many research studies that the stimulation of Nei Guan (P6) alleviates nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and also helps prevent post-operative nausea and vomiting . The Journal of Autonomic Neuroscience also published an article that showed P6 and Zu San Li (ST36) have a combined, synergistic effect on gastrointestinal motility . In another study, Nei Guan has also been shown to help alleviate intractable hiccups .
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- Nunley C, Wakim J, Guinn C J. The effects of stimulation of acupressure point p6 on postoperative nausea and vomiting: a review of literature Perianesth Nurs. 2008 Aug;23(4):247-61.
- Yin J, Chen JD. Gastrointestinal motility disorders and acupuncture. Auton Neurosci. 2010 Oct 28;157(1-2):31-7. Epub 2010 Apr 3.
- Chang CC, et al. Resolution of intractable hiccups after near-infrared irradiation of relevant acupoints. American Journal of Medical Science. 2006 Aug; 332 (2):93-6.