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  • Writer's pictureCatherine

Acu-Short: Stuffy Chest, Nausea & Insomnia

Ate a little too much, suffering from indigestion and feeling bloated, stuffy in the upper abdomen and chest area? Or you are feeling nauseous? Having difficulty sleeping?

Here's a point to try.

This point is called 内关, pronounced as Nei Guan. It is the 6th point on the Pericardium meridian.


On the inner side of the forearm, 2 cun above the crease of the wrist, between the two tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis. (This isn't the official description. I made it more layman for easier understanding.)

Some uses of this point include:

• Feeling of stuffiness, tightness in chest, palpitations

• Gastric and digestion disorders such as stomachache, nausea, vomiting, hiccup, bloating

• Motion sickness, seasickness

• Calming the mind, anxiety

• Insomnia, improving quality of rest at night.

I've also read that it can be helpful with nausea due to morning sickness, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery but you may like to check with your physician if you'd like to be safe.

How to use it:

  1. Turn the palm up to face you.

  2. Place three fingers on your inner arm starting from the wrist crease. Use your own hand for measurement. This is equivalent to 2 cun for your body.

  3. The point is located in a depression approximately between 2 tendons that run down the forearm. It may feel like a space between 2 thick guitar strings.

  4. Allow breathing to steady and slow down as you massage the point gently with your finger for a few minutes. If you have long nails that make this inconvenient, you can use the tip of a knuckle or the blunt tip of a pen/marker/chopstick instead.

You can massage this point 2-3 times a day.

One important point to note:

Do visit a doctor immediately if you experience chest pain/discomfort, shortness of breath and/or pain in the face/back/arms/shoulders, especially if you have history of heart disease yourself or in your family. These are possible signs of a heart attack.

Otherwise, if you are feeling anxious, nauseous or experiencing stomach issues or insomnia, you can try this out 😊

Try it out and let me know how it goes for you!

Disclaimer: The content is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or professional care. If you have or suspect you have a health problem, you should consult a doctor or a qualified healthcare provider.

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