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Nausea: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions

  • Hypnotherapy is documented to be effective in helping to control nausea following surgery, and the nausea associated with morning sickness.

 

  • Biofeedback, a training program used to improve control over autonomic body functions, which is now commonly applied to about 150 conditions, is sometimes used to help control nausea. Research on biofeedback is quite extensive.

 

  • A large body of evidence indicates that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of nausea. Several well-designed studies indicate that acupuncture, as well as acupressure, controls nausea caused by recovery from surgery, seasickness, and chemotherapy.

 

  • Feverfew, an herb, was shown in one study not only to reduce frequency of migraines, but also to afford a significant reduction of nausea and vomiting during migraines.

 

  • Ginger is widely used to treat nausea. A number of studies have been conducted, which indicate that ginger compares favorably with other antinausea substances, such as the drug scopolamine. Usual dose is 250 mg to 1 g several times per day.

Caution: High dosages of the mineral selenium can result in nausea.

Caution: When using a thrombolytic or blood thinning medication, such as Coumadin, ginger may amplify the drug's effect and cause bleeding disorders.

Caution: Ginger is not considered to be an appropriate treatment for the nausea caused by morning sickness, because some components of ginger may have mutagenic effects, which could possibly cause birth defects.

Caution: Short-term effects of some herbal laxatives can include nausea, as well as diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting.

 

 

From From THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier.

 

Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Inc.

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