Motion sickness is a very uncomfortable thing what can make us feel nauseous or vomiting. Although there are motion sickness medicines, but if the effectiveness of the medicines is not enough to prevent them? or what should I do if not prepared motion sickness medicines in advance in case of an emergency?Acupressure massage is a very traditional treatment to relieve motion sickness discomfort.

In this post, we look at what pressure points for motion sickness are, location, and how to stimulate them.You can try it when motion sickness,may there will be unexpected good results.

How to Prevent and Treat Motion Sickness

  • Keep air circulation.
  • Try to avoid reading books, playing on the mobile phones, etc. during transportation.
  • Do not smoke or sit near smokers.
  • Avoid strong smells, spicy and greasy foods and alcohol.
  • Try to lean on the back of seat, keep your head still, and close your eyes and lie flat if allowed.
  • When traveling, avoid sitting in the rear seat.
  • When taking a boat,try to sit in the middle near the water.
  • When flying, try to sit in a seat on the leading edge of the wing.
  • When taking a train, sit in the front near the window;
  • when taking a car, sitting in the front seat.
  • Try to use acupressure massage when symptomatic.
  • If symptoms persist, consider medication.
  • Under the guidance of a doctor, take the medicine before traveling.

Best Pressure Points For Motion Sickness

Medicine believes that the body can judge the direction and keep balance mainly through the inner ear receives external balance stimulation, which is transmitted to the balance center of the cerebral cortex through the vestibular nerve to regulate and manage the balance response. When people with motion sickness in cars, boats, or airplanes,the vestibular nerve of their inner ear are too sensitive to balance information, causing dysfunction of the plant reproductive system that cause nausea, dizziness and other symptoms.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that motion sickness commonly caused by yang-deficiency, blood-deficiency, spleen and stomach disharmony, and hyperactivity of liver-yang.Therefore,Acupressure points therapy can regular the spleen and stomach, nourish Qi and blood, stimulate the central nervous system of the cerebral cortex and suppress vestibular nerve to relieve motion sickness.Here are some commonly acupupressure points:

  • CV 15(Jiuwei)
CV 15 jiuwei

Location:Location: On the anterior median line of the upper abdomen, 1.0 cun below the xiphisternal synchondroses.

Efficacy: CV 15(Jiuwei) is beneficial for regulating Qi, calming the mind and eliminating fatigue,and good for symptoms such as motion sickness, vomiting, nausea, and chest pain. You can start pressing it before half an hour by car for better results.

Method: Sit upright, take a slow and deep breath, press down it slightly with the pad of your thumb, lift your thumb slightly when inhale, and repeat it until the symptoms relieved.

neiguan acupoint

Location:2 cun above the wrist crease between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis.

Efficacy: PC 6(Neiguan) is beneficial for regulating the central nervous system, calming the mind, regulating qi and relieving pain,also goo for motion sickness.

Method: When motion sickness occurs, you can pinch PC 6 on the left and right with your thumb for at least 1 minute.

Hegu acupoint

Location:In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.

Efficacy: LI 4(Hegu) point can directly act on the gastrointestinal tract and relieve dizziness, nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness.

Method: When motion sickness, you can pinch LI 4 with the thumb for 1 minute ,alternately press other side.

Shenmen acupoint

Location:At the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, between the ulna and the pisiform bones.

Efficacy: When motion sickness occur, press HT 7(Shenmen) point to help supplement blood to the stomach and relieve the symptoms of motion sickness. Especially group with weak gastrointestinal,you can often press it to help prevent motion sickness.

Method: When you feel motion sickness,slowly rub it.

shaoshang acupoint

Location:0.1 cun posterior to the thumb nail on the radial side.

Efficacy:LU 11(Shaoshang) is beneficial for calming nerve. when motion sickness, massaging LU 11 can effectively relieve symptoms such as dizziness and vomiting.

Method: Press and rub LU 11 with your thumb for 1 to 3 minutes with heavy intensity.

zusanli point

Location:3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

Efficacy:ST 36 is effective for symptoms such as vomiting, gastric accumulation, liver and gallbladder diseases caused by general digestive system diseases.

Method: Massage ST 36 at less 1 minute with a little soreness intensity.

taixi acupoint

Location:In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolus and the attachment of the achilles tendon.

Efficacy: It can replenish the body’s vitality, regular liver function, relieve yang deficiency physique, and relieve the symptoms of motion sickness if long-term massage it.

Method: Press and rub KI 3(Taixi) point with your thumb for 1 to 2 minutes through a little soreness intentity.

SP 4 acupoint gongsun

Location:In a depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st metatarsal bone at the junction of the red and white skin.

Press and rub SP 4 for 100 times with the pad of thumb, and then pinch and rub it for 100 times with the tip of the thumb,which can treat nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, seasickness and other disorder caused by the stasis of the Spleen Channel and Stomach Meridian if long-term massage it.

When to see a doctor

When someone develops severe dizziness, vomiting, even dehydration, coma, and continuous drop in blood pressure after taking a vehicle, he/she should seek medical help in time.


Easy to motion sickness commonly causes some inconvenience in life. Even if you take motion sickness medicine before by car, when car start, shake, brake, bump, accelerate and decelerate, there are still some motion sickness symptoms, dizziness, nausea(acupressure points for nausea), and vomiting,even pale complexion, cold sweats and other uncomfortable symptoms. How to relieve these discomfort? When motion sickness occurs, you can try  above acupressure points massage that may can alleviate it.If serious, please seek medical treatment in time.