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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.



Hand Acupressure for stomachache and gastritis


It's been a while haven't talked about acupressure. This time we will talk about a very common health problem among people, especially busy people - stomachache. (I used to spell stomache but I finally figured out there's no such word.) There are many kinds of stomachache, some are hidden pain deep inside the stomach, some are acute pain gastritis. Some even happen suddenly while we're walking or working that make us sweat. Most of them are caused by acute gastritis or so-called "Stomach cramps."

Acute gastritis is a sudden inflammation of the lining of the stomach accompanied by pain. Reasons can vary from eating and drinking too much, food poisoning or medicine poisoning, to  symptom of a disease that comes with fever. Sometimes extreme nervousness can cause gastritis as well.

Anyway, when pain occurs, calm  down first and the pain should relieve a bit eventually, but it won't disappear - that's the major symptom of gastritis. So, acupressure would be a good way to kill the pain.

For sudden acute gastritis pain, first stimulate the stomach acupoint on the palm. (see diagram) This acupoint is the intersection where the "lifeline" and a vertical line drawn between the middle finger and ringer finger. The name of stomach acupoint in Chinese actually means the acupoint for the whole digestive system. So when gastritis occurs, we need to stimulate a little harder on that spot. Tie 5 toothpicks up and strongly stimulate that acupoint without hurting the skin. Usually after 10-15 times of stimulation the pain should start to relieve. If not, just continue.

"Luo Ling Wu" on the back of the hand is another acupoint for stomach, between the knuckles of middle finger and index finger. (See diagram) Same stimulation using toothpicks just like applying to stomach acupoint above.

The difference between stimulating "Luo Ling Wu" and "Stomach Acupoint" is that "Stomach Acupoint" works better for stomachache or gastritis caused by overeating, while "Luo Ling Wu" is more effective for stomachache caused by nervousness.