Nausea: CAM Therapies for Specific
- Hypnotherapy is documented to be effective in helping to
control nausea following surgery, and the nausea associated with morning
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R.
permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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