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Fergie, now pregnant, recently announced that she uses acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to control her morning sickness. Let’s look at why this pop star loves acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Morning sickness is characterized by nausea and vomiting. Modern research shows that acupuncture at acupuncture point P6, located on the forearm, significantly reduces nausea and vomiting. Many other studies demonstrate that herbs such as ginger, known as Sheng Jiang in Chinese medicine, are beneficial for the control of nausea and vomiting.

Acupuncture needles are used for the treatment of nausea. Acupuncture NeedlesResearchers from Baltimore, Maryland and from the University of Heidelberg, Germany published their findings that acupuncture P6 is effective for the treatment of nausea and vomiting. The researchers investigated patient outcomes of thousands of patients suffering from nausea and vomiting due to postoperative sickness, pregnancy related sickness, and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. Manual acupuncture and electroacupuncture demonstrated significant clinical results. Acupressure at P6 showed some results and wristwatch electrical stimulators of P6 were not effective. As a result of the finding, the researchers recommended continuing investigation of the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the treatment of nausea and vomiting. The researchers also noted that the National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture acknowledged the efficacy of acupuncture for the control of postoperative and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

This is not a lightweight matter. Nausea and vomiting can be every bit as serious as pain. The proven efficaciousness of acupuncture for the treatment of both nausea and vomiting suggests that patients suffering from these ailments are better served if acupuncture is provided. For chemotherapy patients, acupuncture can be the difference between living a normal life versus suffering tremendously. For expectant mothers, the availability of acupuncture can be the difference between becoming bedridden or hospitalized versus enjoying a healthy pregnancy. For postoperative patients, nausea and vomiting is also a major concern. In an extensive investigation, researchers concluded that acupuncture at P6 is effective in reducing or eliminating postoperative nausea and vomiting.

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Acupuncture point P6, Neiguan, is translated as inner pass. It is located 2 cun above the transverse wrist crease between the tendons of m. palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis. It is the Luo (Connecting) point of the Pericardium channel and the Confluent point of the Yin Wei (Yin Linking) channel. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, P6 calms the Heart and spirit, regulates Qi and suppresses pain.

Common indications for the use of P6 include cardiac and chest pain, palpitations, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, mental disorders, epilepsy related seizures, fevers and insomnia. P6 is commonly used in combination with SP4, the Confluent point of the Penetrating channel, for the treatment of abdominal and epigastric distention, fullness and pain. P6 may also be manually manipulated to slow or speed up the heart beat rate dependent upon the acupuncture technique applied. Notably, P6 is considered one of the most important distal acupuncture points for the treatment of chest related disorders. The median nerve is under P6 and acupuncture needling may elicit an eletric sensation indicating that further manipulation of the needle is not required and should cease in order to avoid overstimulation of the nerve region.

Ezzo, Jeanette, Konrad Streitberger, and Antonius Schneider. "Cochrane systematic reviews examine P6 acupuncture-point stimulation for nausea and vomiting." Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 12.5 (2006): 489-495.

Ernst, E., and M. H. Pittler. "Efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials." British journal of anaesthesia 84.3 (2000): 367-371.

Lee, Anna, and L. T. Fan. "Stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point P6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting." Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2 (2009).

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Are acupuncture CEUs & NCCAOM PDAs valid in my state or province?

HealthCMi CEUs are valid in every state in the USA, including Washington DC and other regions such as Puerto Rico. Most states use the NCCAOM acupuncture CEU/PDA certification that comes with every HealthCMi course.

All courses are valid for specialty certifications from the California Acupuncture Board and the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. HealthCMi courses are approved for Florida Board of Acupuncture CEs for acupuncture license renewal credit along with other specialty certifications such as the State of Illinois (IDFPR) acupuncture CE sponsor program. If you don’t see your state listed (North Carolina, New York, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Utah, etc.), that is because the rest of the USA is covered by the NCCAOM certification that comes with every HealthCMi course. We even have courses approved through the specialty programs of the State of Nevada Board of Oriental Medicine, ABORM, IVAS, and more. An added bonus, all courses are California Board of Registered Nursing approved, so nurses can get acupuncture CEUs and nursing continuing education credit simultaneously.

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Do acupuncture webinars count as live CEUs?

Yes. In many states that require in-person attendance, live acupuncture webinars count for face-to-face CEU credit. For example, the California Acupuncture Board allows 25 CEUs via distance learning and the other 25 must be live (in a classroom or a live webinar online). New Jersey acupuncturists also benefit from live webinars for in-class requirement fulfillment. In the USA, no quiz is required for live webinars and for CTCMA acupuncturists in British Columbia (Canada), the survey fulfills the 2-way requirement and no quiz is required.

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Quizzes are not required for live webinars, only for anytime distance learning courses. You may see a quiz button on the learning management system control panel; however, if you try to take a quiz, the system will tell you that it is unnecessary. Make sure to click the download button to get the link to the live webinar. We will also send you a link via email the day before the event.

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Click on Acupuncture CEUs in the top menu to view all course listings and follow the links. Simply choose the courses you like, add to cart, and get CEU credit from our online learning system.

HealthCMi courses are NCCAOM Diplomate PDA (applies to most States), California CEU, Florida CE, Texas CAE, CTCMA (BC, Canada), CAAA, Illinois, and State of Nevada Board of Oriental Medicine approved for continuing education credit hours and more. Massachusetts licensed acupuncturist can obtain their herbal medicine hours or acupuncture category required hours. All 50 states and territories in the USA are approved for acupuncture CEU credit for HealthCMi courses. Our acupuncture CEUs are also valid throughout Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and much more.

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How long do I have to take the Acupuncture CEU courses online?

There is no time limit for course completion of your Acupuncture CEU or PDA courses.

How many times can I retake Acupuncture CEU course quizzes?

You make re-take quizzes until a passing grade is achieved. A certificate of completion is automatically generated, and you may print it. There is no extra charge to re-take quizzes.