Nausea

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Nausea" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for nausea.

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "nausea" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "nausea" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "nausea" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: blood stagnation, phlegm stagnation, spleen and stomach damp heat, spleen qi deficiency, stomach cold, stomach fire, stomach food stagnation, and/or stomach yin deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To illustrate and guide developing an acupuncture treatment for someone experiencing nausea, this issue is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol section:

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View KD 19 (Yin Metropolis)

        4 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 12.

        Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain. Vomiting, reflux, nausea, bloating - harmonizes stomach. Fertility issues, primarily by moving blood stagnation in the lower warmer.
  • View KD 26 (Lively Center)

        In the 1st ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 20.

        Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing - useful for phlegm stagnation. Digestive issues, nausea, vomiting - harmonizes stomach. Steaming Bone Disorder.
  • View ST 36 (Leg Three Li)

        3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

        Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood. Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overall - low immunity, chronic illness, poor digestion, general weakness, particularly with moxibustion, very important acupuncture point for building and maintaining overall health. …

The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches.

For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "nausea", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Nausea ".

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