Nausea And Vomiting

Anyone subject to persistent nausea and/or vomiting knows the distress this causes. Fortunately, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is an excellent option for treatment and has Level One evidence of Positive Effect

Your diet is often critical and your Chinese Medicine doctor will want to know exactly what you are putting in your mouth and will very likely recommend specific dietary modifications.

But nausea is often more than a matter of diet. A Chinese Medicine diagnostic approach may discern excess dampness, organ deficiency, internal cold or long term pathogenic invasion.

Chinese Medicine diagnostic analysis pays attention to the specific symptoms and body signs that any one person presents. The full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine offer a reputable treatment option for the management of nausea and vomiting.

The Shen Adelaide team of Chinese Medicine Doctors has decades of experience treating patients with nausea.


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Post Operative Nausea and Vomiting: Level One – Evidence of Positive Effect 

Chemotherapy induced Nausea and Vomiting: Level One – Evidence of Positive Effect 

Level One evidence demonstrates consistent, statistically significant, positive effect.


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