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Hand reflexology for hangover, stomachache and nausea

It's the first Monday after Christmas of 2009. I know a lot of people had a lot of fun going to parties. We eat and drink a lot during holidays without enough care for our stomach. Hangovers after parties are even more annoying. Last post was about acupressure for stomachache. Like usual, I often include reflexology for the same health issue in the next article. This time the reflexive area can heal hangover, stomachache and nausea.

Sometimes we see people who look exhausted in the office and then we'll wonder if they worked really late the night before or they had to social with clients until late night, or even just hangover from the party the night before. In the busy urban cities like New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong or Tokyo, you may occasionally see people ask around to see if there's any pain pills for stomach. A practitioner's friend always see this kind of issues. He's a pretty shy person. Even when the boss asks around to see if there's any medication for stomachache, he would be the last person who take it out with hesitation. It's not because he doesn't want to help, he just doesn't want people to think he's toady. This "lack of confidence" personality is making him stressed at work as well and got stomachache. The practitioner tell him to be more outgoing while healing his stomachache. He also told him stimulate the same reflexive area would help with hangover and nausea as well as stomach problems.

The other day the boss of this guy asked around for stomach pills again. This time, he walked to his boss and said, "Hey, I got some new solutions here for your hangover. Give me your hand if you don't mind." He used his thumb and massaged his boss's hand's convex area under the thumb in the palm for 2-3 minutes. Suddenly his boss said, "ouch, that kinda hurts." Then he responded and couldn't believe he said that, "if it's painful, that means your stomach is not doing very well." With more massage, his boss started to look relieved. Looks like the stomach discomfort is gone. He told his boss, "Do you feel better now? Sometimes massage that area yourself and you'll certainly feel better."

Since then, this guy got more confidence and are more willing to talk to other co-workers. Holding the hand of his boss built a communication bridge between them. Even his boss probably think it's a good thing that this guy broke his wall and started to reach out.

Anyway, I heard that after a hangover, drink some lemon tea, plum tea, soup with MSG or more water will help. But to reduce the feeling of nausea, massage the reflexive area for the digestive system will definitely help. Strongly massage the area (See diagram) with your thumb and also stimulate around that area. If you can't do massage for long because of work, clip that area with a big clip can work too.

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