Nausea and Vomiting: What CAM Options Are Viable?

Désirée A. Lie, MD, MSEd

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January 14, 2014

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What Would You Do?

Case 1: Morning Sickness

Vicky is a 25-year-old primiparous woman in her 11th week of a normal pregnancy. She is experiencing excessive nausea and vomiting that is unrelieved by taking small frequent meals and eating crackers upon waking. Ultrasonography confirms a singleton pregnancy, and her hemoglobin level, metabolic panel, and urine tests are normal. She would like to avoid medications and asks whether she should try acupuncture, acupressure, or ginger for her symptoms.

Case 2: Motion Sickness

Mike is a 40-year-old man with a history of severe motion sickness induced by long car rides and boat trips. He is preparing to take a 2-week cruise. He would like a nonsedating alternative to antihistamines and anticholinergics to control motion sickness during his vacation. What might you suggest?

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