Motion sickness is known as travel sickness, seasickness, car sickness or air sickness. You may have dizziness, nausea and vomiting symptoms when you are travelling. In most cases, symptoms of motion sickness improve as your body adapts to the conditions causing the problem. However, some people do not adapt and have symptoms until they leave the environment that is causing them.
Do you know that acupuncture can help, if you have motion sickness? There was a study on the effect of acupuncture on patients with motion sickness. In this study, sixty volunteers of motion sickness were randomized into an acupuncture group and a delayed acupuncturegroup, 30 cases in each one. In the acupuncture group, acupuncture was given at Baihui (GV 20), Sishencong (EX-HN 1), Neiguan (PC 6), Zusanli (ST 36) and Hegu (LI 4). The needles were retained for 20 min. The treatment was given twice a week and 10 treatments were required. In the delayed acupuncture group, acupuncture was postponed, meaning noacupuncture during observation stage. Graybel scale was adopted to observe the score of symptoms and physical signs of the subjects of motion sickness before and after intervention. The efficacy was compared between the two groups. Result has shown that the score of symptoms and physical signs of motion sickness was reduced significantly after treatment in the acupuncture group as compared with that before treatment. The score in the acupuncture group was lower apparently than that in the delayed acupuncture group. The total effective rate was 96.0% in the acupuncture group, which was significantly better than the delayed acupuncture group.
Lu Y et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu (2014) 34:543-6