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Martha Jefferson Monday: Can Acupuncture be used to Treat Nausea?

If you find yourself feeling nauseous, here is some good news that might make you feel better. Acupuncture can help treat the problem.

"Most people notice improvement very quickly," commented Dr. Margo Gill, a physician at Forest Lakes Family Medicine.

Dr. Gills says acupuncture can be used for a variety of people who are suffering.  "People who are nauseous because of treatments they are getting such as chemotherapy, women who are nauseous from pregnancy, as well as people who are nauseous from just varying GI or gastrointestinal problems as well as dizziness or vertigo."

In many cases needles are used for treatment in the office. Then, Dr. Gill will give patients a magnet to take home that can be used to treat the symptoms when they pop up.

"The magnets are small little acupuncture dials that are small like a Band-Aid that will stick to the skin at the points I want them to and patients can just squeeze or press them in as they need or want to."

It is important to note that acupuncture won't have a negative impact on any other treatment you might be receiving.

"Acupuncture is completely adjunctive, or additive, beneficial and integrative for people who are taking medications being prescribed by other physicians," noted Dr. Gill.

In the end, it's just one more way to help people feel better.

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