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January 25, 2011, last updated June 21, 2014
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist







Feeling nauseous is one of the most distressing conditions to
suffer. Nausea is the nasty sensation that comes before
vomiting, whether or not you actually throw up. Feeling
nauseous makes your stomach churn and your insides feel
like they’ll soon be on the outside. You may even suffer from
the combined misfortune of dizziness, feeling faint and
sweaty and actual vomiting. Nausea is common and there are
many conventional remedies to tackle the condition. You’ve
probably got a number of them in your bathroom cabinet ---
such as Pepto Bismol --- but do they always work? For
example, Pepto Bismol can, rather scarily, turn your
tongue
and
stools black, and it shouldn’t be used in pregnancy.

Are there any natural remedies you can try to ease your
nauseous feeling without further side effects?  

Causes of Feeling Nauseous

Nausea is as difficult to pin down as it is to get rid of – when
you’re feeling nauseous it could be due to a wide range of
conditions and reactions. Here are some common causes of
nausea:

  • Infection. You may be feeling nauseous due to an
    infection of the viral system or the central nervous
    system, or a gastrointestinal condition.

  • Vertigo. Nausea can be caused by vertigo and motion
    sickness.

  • Panic or Anxiety Attack. Nausea can come about during
    a panic or anxiety attack, or can be brought on by
    periods of stress.

  • Sight of Blood. Nausea may even be learned and
    brought on, for example, by seeing a hospital or on the
    sight of blood.

  • Drugs and Alcohol. Drugs and other toxins – including
    alcohol – can cause you to feel nauseous. If you’re
    taking medication, check the label as many over-the-
    counter and prescribed drugs list nausea as a side
    effect.

  • Pregnancy. Pregnant women are usually prepared to
    suffer some morning sickness - nausea and vomiting
    are the most common symptoms experienced in the first
    trimester of pregnancy, affecting 70 to 85 percent of
    women according to the British Medical Journal – but it
    can still be a distressing occurrence particularly when it
    starts to affect your everyday life.

  • Food Poisoning. Your body vomits to reject food that
    could potentially harm you.

Whether or not it is caused by something serious, nausea
can have a significant impact on your health and your quality
of life. Excessive nausea can make it difficult for you to travel
or socialize, even to leave the house.

What can you do to make your nausea go away? Do you
need to reach for the Pepto Bismol or are natural remedies
more effective?

We’ve scoured recent scientific studies to find the natural
remedies that can help calm your nausea and leave you
feeling well again.



























1.
Ginger Can Stop You Feeling Nauseous

When it comes to quelling the queasy feeling, ginger is top of
the list. Ginger, technically known as zinziber officinale, has
long been recognized as an anti-nausea aid and many
studies suggest it can stop you feeling nauseous. According
to one 2005 study from the University of Naples Federico II,
Italy ginger was more effective for 246 women than placebo
for treating morning sickness. For motion sickness, a 1994
trial from University of Zurich, Switzerland following 1,489
individuals aboard a ship discovered ginger was equally
effective as various medications in dealing with nausea. And
for post-surgery nausea, a 1993 study from Kingston
Hospital, Surrey found nausea developed in 41 percent of
patients following gynecological surgery but with ginger the
symptoms only appeared in 21 percent of the women.

Update:

Ginger may also be used safely by pregnant women to
combat pregnancy related nausea and vomiting, according to
a 2012 study from the University of Queensland, School of
Nursing and Midwifery in Australia.

2.
Acupuncture May Ease the Nauseous Feeling

Acupuncture shows some promise as a treatment for nausea.
A 2002 study from Adelaide University, Australia found
women receiving traditional acupuncture reported less
nausea throughout the four-week trial, from the second
week onwards, compared with women in the no-
acupuncture control group. However, women in the sham
acupuncture group also reported less nausea from the third
week.

3. …
And Acupressure is Even More Promising For That
Nauseous Feeling

When needles don't hit the mark, gentle pressure may be
more effective. The acupuncture point located on the inside
of your forearm, two inches above where your wrist creases,
is thought to be helpful in relieving nausea. A 2001 study
from Havnegata General Practice, Harstad, Norway found 71
percent of women in a group wearing an acupressure wrist
band over the relevant point reported less intensive nausea
and reduced duration of morning sickness. However, other
trials have failed to place acupressure much above fake
acupressure in effectiveness at relieving nausea.

4.
Electrical Wristband to Combat Nausea?

A 2003 study claims strapping a wristband to your arm that
emits an electrical impulse cuts feeling of nausea in pregnant
women. The study from the Morristown Memorial Hospital in
Morristown found the device, which interferes with signals
sent to the brain that can trigger feeling nauseous, reduced
nausea and vomiting in 187 pregnant women.  

5.
Acupressure Wristbands Can Also Help Combat Nausea
Associated with Cancer Treatment

When you are fighting cancer, anything that helps ease the
symptoms associated with the treatment is worth it. One
2009 study from the University of Rochester Medical Center
found cancer patients who wore acupressure wristbands
suffered much less nausea from the treatment - a 23.8
percent decrease in nausea for those that wore the bands
compared to a 4.8 percent decrease in the control group.

6.
Vitamin B6 May Reduce Feeling Nauseous

Some research has suggested that Vitamin B6, in doses of
30mg a day, can help ease the symptoms of nausea. A 1995
trial from the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University,
Thailand looked at 342 pregnant women and analyzed
whether vitamin B6 would help in reducing nausea in early
pregnancy. Researchers claimed it did - significantly
decreasing the nausea scores in the active group compared
with the placebo group.

7.
Can Peppermint Prevent Nausea?

Peppermint tea or oil has long been suggested as a home
remedy for feeling nauseous but does peppermint actually
work? A 1997 study from Liverpool (John Moores)
University, England demonstrated a significant difference
between the placebo group and the group taking peppermint
oil in affecting post-operative nausea. Peppermint oil was
shown to be effective in reducing nausea and caused no
extra side effects. Peppermint tea, whether the effect comes
from the peppermint itself or the perceived comforting
warmth of the drink, is worth a try if you are suffering from
mild to moderate nausea.

8.  
A Single Dose of Aspirin Helps Migraine-Induced Nausea

A 2010 study from the Cochrane Systematic Review looking
at data from 13 studies concerning 4,222 participants, found
the simple remedy may be the best. One single dose of 900-
1000mg aspirin can effectively reduce the nausea associated
with a nasty migraine headache for half of all people that
take it. The aspirin is better than placebo at reducing nausea
and cuts the pain from the migraine as a bonus.

9.
Change Your Diet to Stop Feeling Nauseous

Simple changes to your diet can be enough to prevent
nausea. Starchy, plain foods like rice cakes or crackers help
absorb stomach acids without unduly upsetting your
stomach. Many pregnant women swear by saltines. Avoid
highly fatty meals or snacks and eat small, frequent meals to
stop yourself feeling too empty or too full. Sometimes strong
smells can trigger an attack of nausea so keep out of the
kitchen if someone is cooking up a sensitive dish.

10.
Avoid Alcohol to Lower Your Feelings of Nausea

It may sound obvious, but cutting your alcohol intake can
help cut your feelings of nausea. Alcohol can cause dizziness
and balance problems which also contribute to feeling
nauseous. If excessive alcohol has you feeling nauseous,
take steps to look after your health and cut down on the
amount you drink.


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