Nausea and Vomiting

Overview Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can be caused by various factors, including:

Motion sickness: With nausea and vomiting conflicting signals sent to the brain by the eyes, ears, and other sensory systems, are triggered by motion.

Viral infections: Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of viral infections such as the flu or stomach flu (gastroenteritis).

Food poisoning: Contaminated food can cause nausea, vomiting, and other digestive symptoms.

Medications: Some drugs, such as chemotherapy, pain relievers, and antibiotics, can cause nausea and vomiting as side effects.

Pregnancy: Nausea and vomiting, commonly called “morning sickness,” are common early pregnancy symptoms.

Migraines: Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of migraines and can occur before, during, or after a migraine headache.

Anxiety and stress: Emotional factors of anxiety and stress can cause nausea and vomiting.

Gastrointestinal disorders: Various gastrointestinal disorders, such as acid reflux, gastritis, or inflammatory bowel disease, can cause chronic nausea and vomiting.

These are just a few possible causes of nausea and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms frequently or severely, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.

Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting 

The treatment of nausea and vomiting depends on the underlying cause and severity of the symptoms. Here are some general tips to relieve nausea and vomiting:

Stay hydrated: It’s important to drink plenty of fluids to replace lost fluids due to vomiting and prevent dehydration.

Rest and avoid triggers: Avoiding strong odors, bright lights, or loud noises and resting in a quiet room with low lighting can help relieve nausea and vomiting.

Medications: Anti-nausea medications such as dimenhydrinate, meclizine, or promethazine can effectively treat nausea. Over-the-counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol or Dramamine may also provide relief. However, consult with a healthcare provider before taking any medication.

Ginger: Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties that can help alleviate symptoms of nausea. Try ginger tea or ginger ale, or even in supplements.

Acupressure: Applying pressure to certain points on the wrist can help alleviate nausea and vomiting. Acupressure wristbands that apply pressure to these points are available over the counter.

Acupuncture treatment for nausea and vomiting

Acupuncture has been treating this and many other conditions for over 3,000 years. Some clinical studies suggest that acupuncture can help treat nausea and vomiting. Rectifying the stomach and liver energy is key to balancing the digestive system. Various acupuncture points are used as well as Chinese herbal medicine to promote the health and wellness of the digestive system.

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture helps regulate the flow of energy, or “qi,” in the body. Stimulating specific acupuncture points can help restore balance to the body and relieve symptoms.

Some studies have found that acupuncture may effectively reduce nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, pregnancy, and surgery. In one study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, acupuncture was as effective as medication in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Another study published in the Journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that acupuncture may help reduce nausea and vomiting after surgery.

Acupuncture Zen in Delray Beach, Florida has had over 18 years of experience in treating thousands of patients with many varied ailments, including nausea and vomiting.

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