Acupressure is an ancient healing art that’s based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. With acupressure, you put pressure on specific places on your body. These places are called acupoints. Pressing these points can help release muscle tension and promote blood circulation. It can also relieve many common side effects of chemotherapy.
This technique stimulates nerve fibers, which transmit signals to the brain and spinal cord. These signals are thought to have the ability to decrease nausea. You can do acupressure at home by using your fingers to apply pressure to different acupoints.
Simply place your thumb 2–3 finger widths down from your inner wrist, between the two prominent tendons. Once you’ve located it, press down with your thumb for about one minute before repeating the same procedure on your other arm. Repeat if needed.