Because we get so many excellent questions from our clients about why we use particular acupuncture points during treatments, we have decided to add an "Acupuncture Point of the Month" segment to our blog. This month's acupuncture point is Pericardium 6 (PC6), Nei Guan. PC6 is located about 2 1/2 finger breadths up from the wrist crease on the inside of the forearm, between the two tendons that stick out if you make your hand into a claw (the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis.) PC6 is a powerhouse point, with many clinical uses.
This point has actions on the stomach, the chest, and the emotions. It is the number one point on the body for treating nausea or vomiting of any kind - seasickness, morning sickness, chemotherapy-induced nausea, or a stomach flu. It is also very good for people who get nauseous when they are anxious or upset.
PC6 "opens the chest" and is therefore good for treating chest congestion, cough, chest tightness, or cardiac problems. It acts on the emotions by promoting the free flow of qi in the body, promoting relaxation, and calming the heart and mind. In this way, it is often used for insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, or nervousness.
Preliminary clinical research trials have shown that PC6 can be effective, when used alone or in conjunction with other points, to treat acid reflux, reduce labor pains, improve stress-induced memory loss, and lessen nausea in chemotherapy patients.
It is often used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, as well.