Acupuncture/P-6.

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I have a ReliefBand and the instructions say the point (P-6) for nausea is two-and-a-half finger widths toward your elbow starting with the wrinkle on your wrist that's closest to your fingertips, but online all over the place they're saying two finger widths. Which one is the right one?

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Mark -
Your question is one of accuracy vs precision. In acupuncture, point location is based on "body inches."  The point Nei Guan (P6) is two body-inches towards the elbow from the wrist crease.  Two finger widths are considered to be 1.5 body inches, so 2 and 1/2 ends up approximating 2.  Here, however, you are dealing with acupressure, which allows for a bit more variation since the stimulation is over a wider area than if you were using a needle.  The easiest way to think of this is that your thumb is considered to be one body-inch wide.  So just approximate two thumb widths from the wrist crease and put the band there.

My concern is why you have the nausea.  Is it from motion sickness or do you have vertigo that is causing nausea?  Please don't hesitate to ask a follow-up question if your issue is something other than simple nausea while on a boat.

I wish you well.

Mike Zanoni, LAc
Hawaii  

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Michael M. Zanoni, MS, LAc

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I am knowledgeable about severe and chronic pain from musculoskeletal or neurological conditions, especially trauma, headache, and fibromyalgia. I can provide guidance that will assist healing and recovery after illness or surgery. I have a particular interest in long-term chronic conditions that are becoming progressively worse or intermittently severe (such as viral hepatitis, Crohn's, or Takayasu syndrome.) I have extensive experience treating endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or thyroid problems, where the primary condition is being monitored by a Western-trained physician, and cancer where there are specific treatment goals other than cure (e.g., decrease of pain; reduction of side effects of radiation and chemotherapy; lessening of edema; palliative treatment of associated conditions.) I do not treat or answer questions about infertility, ALS, or senile dementia.

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I have practiced Oriental medicine for over sixteen years in a variety of settings. Much of my practice has centered around a busy clinic specializing in severe long-term chronic pain conditions and palliative care. For several years I worked in a hospice program. I also established a non-profit community clinic providing care to under-served and homeless patients. My work has found me in an HIV clinic in San Francisco, a busy private practice in Oregon, to traveling on muddy 4-wheel drive roads to see dying patients. I now teach acupuncture and Oriental medicine at a school in Hawaii.

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My training was at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where I received a masterís degree in Chinese Medicine. I have current board certifications in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbology from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I also have certifications in Chinese tui na bodywork, Physical Rehabilitation Training, and biofeedback. I am licensed to practice acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. I also have BA, MS, and PhD degrees in subjects not directly related to Oriental medicine.

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