Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Various alternative remedies have been suggested for morning sickness, including:

  • Acupressure. Acupressure wristbands are available without a prescription in most pharmacies. Although acupressure wristbands haven't been found to be more effective than sham therapies, some women seem to find the wristbands helpful.
  • Acupuncture. Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into your skin. Acupuncture isn't a proven way to treat morning sickness, but some women seem to find it helpful.
  • Ginger. Herbal ginger supplements seem to alleviate morning sickness for some women. Most research suggests that ginger can be used safely during pregnancy, but there's some concern that ginger may affect fetal sex hormones.
  • Hypnosis. Although there's little research on the topic, some women have found relief from morning sickness through hypnosis.
  • Aromatherapy. Although there is also little research on the topic, certain scents, normally created using essential oils (aromatherapy), can help some women deal with morning sickness.

Check with your pregnancy care provider before using any herbal remedies or alternative treatments to relieve morning sickness.

Sep. 18, 2014

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