Acupuncture point P6

If you have ever used those sea sickness travel bands you attach to your wrists, you will be familiar with acupuncture point Pericardium 6 (or P6), also called Nei Guan in Chinese (meaning Inner Pass). Located on the middle of the forearm three fingers width above the wrist, this point is indicated for palpitations, insomnia, nausea and vomiting [source Peter Deadman, Manual of Acupuncture]. Two interesting uses for P6 are to calm morning sickness in pregnancy and to treat mild insomnia, both of which prove to be effective in clinical practice.
The pericardium is the ‘wrapping’ of the heart, which is said to store the spirit. According to Deadman, P6 is “one of the main acupuncture points for regulating and calming the spirit and treating a wide range of emotional disorders”.

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About Martin Dean

Acupuncturist and University Lecturer Martin Dean has over 20 years clinical experience. He has a specialist interest in treating fertility issues and is also a founder member of Zita West's Network for Reproductive Health so you not only get the benefit of Martin's individual expertise but, through the network, the experience of Zita and her colleagues. In his spare time he practices tai chi to promote calmness and maintain health.