Anaesthesia Patient Information

Using Pressure Points to Relieve Nausea

The following video will show you how to use P 6 acupressure to prevent or treat post-operative nausea and vomiting. It has been proven, by statistically summarising the results of 40 trials including 4858 patients, that this technique is as good in preventing or treating post-operative nausea and vomiting as taking an anti sickness medication. That does not mean that it will work for every patient, but it is worth trying first before you use some anti-sickness medication. 

  • To find your acupressure points, you can take your index, and middle finger and place it on your wrist at the base of your palm.
  • Alternatively, you can find them by identifying the two tendons in your wrist going in the middle of these and either going two or three finger widths from the crease in your wrist; this is your acupressure point.
  • Take your thumb and your index or middle finger and press firmly on the points on both sides of the wrist. Do this when you feel nauseous and you should get relief within ten to thirty seconds, sometimes it can take a bit longer, up to five minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can tap your wrists together gently at the acupressure points whilst taking deep breaths.