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4 Chinese herbal remedies for Nausea and Vomiting

Feeling “sick to your stomach” once in a while might be just a part of life –  but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer through it!

Nausea, or an upset stomach, is one of the most common digestive issues with a range of potential causes including motion sickness, acid reflux, pregnancy, indigestion, or as a side effect of certain medications.

When your stomach is churning with nausea and pain, you just want relief – fast! While there are a few anti-nausea medications, these can come with side effects. Plus, they don’t always fix the root of the problem.

Luckily there are plenty of safe and natural home remedies for nausea relief and prevention. Here we’ll share some of our favorite natural nausea remedies and tips so the next time you’re feeling queasy, you’ll know just what to do!

Nausea and Chinese Medicine

In Chinese medicine, nausea is a sign that the harmony of the “earth” organs (the Spleen and Stomach) is out of balance.

The Stomach’s energy, or qi, usually flows downward to encourage digestion through the other digestive organs. But, when there is nausea, the Stomach qi flows upward. This is what causes the sensation of an upset stomach. If the qi continues to flow upward, so do the contents of our stomach and we vomit. 

Several factors can cause this disharmony and lead to nausea. Excess phlegm or dampness can cause feelings of fullness and heaviness in the middle. Emotions like anger, fear, and worry can also have an impact on the Stomach and cause nausea or a lack of appetite. Medications, pregnancy, and illnesses can change the natural flow of energy and cause an upset stomach. 

Chinese medicine uses food therapy and herbal medicine to treat nausea and restore the digestive system to balance. Let’s learn 4 simple ways to relieve your nausea with herbal medicine! 

4 Herbal Home Remedies for Nausea 


Studies show ginger works to both relieve and prevent nausea and vomiting. In fact, ginger is one of the world’s oldest natural anti-emetics; it has been used as an anti-nausea remedy and a treatment for morning sickness for thousands of years.

There are several different ways to use ginger to relieve nausea. Ginger candies or chews are helpful to keep when you’re on the go. If you’re in the comfort of your own home, the most effective way to use ginger is to grate fresh ginger root into a cup or mug with hot water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, you can steep dried ginger tea. Drink slowly over time until your nausea subsides.

In Chinese medicine, fresh ginger and dried ginger have different qualities and should be used for different types of digestive upset. Dried ginger has a hot quality and is best for those with cold constitutions or in the colder months. Fresh ginger is more balanced and is particularly good for nausea due to morning sickness or indigestion.

Bao He Wan

Bao He Wan is a must-have Chinese herbal remedy. It is mostly used for calming nausea after overeating. The herbs in Bao He Wan stimulate digestion to help you move excess food through your system faster.

Bao He Wan is an excellent remedy to use if you feel a distending feeling in your stomach, belching, heaviness in the stomach, acid regurgitation, constipation, or diarrhea. This simple formula does wonders to ease your belly after a big Thanksgiving meal! And because it soothes the digestive tract, it is also helpful for stress-induced nausea and motion sickness.

Do not take Bao He Wan if pregnant. Instead, enjoy a cup of fresh ginger tea.

Curing Pills

Curing pills, or Culing pills, are a famous Chinese herbal remedy. They are known for quickly and effectively reducing any kind of digestive upset. From food poisoning to overeating to hangovers, Curing pills offer a reliable “cure!”

These famous pills are also helpful to keep on hand whenever you’re traveling abroad or eating unfamiliar foods. Use Curing pills to reduce symptoms like diarrhea, gas, motion sickness, hangovers, bloating, and stomach pain, along with general nausea.

Do not take Curing Pills if pregnant. Instead, enjoy a cup of fresh ginger tea.

Gastro Comfort Teas

Gastro Comfort from Bravo Tea is a helpful tea to have on hand for any digestive issue. While it is not specifically recommended for nausea, it contains herbal ingredients that help to restore balance to the digestive organs, reduce phlegm and dampness, and ease the Stomach. It also helps to maintain healthy gastric acid function, which can help reduce acid reflux-type nausea.

Drinking Gastro Comfort tea can help to restore your digestive system to health and may prevent nausea.

Relieve Nausea Naturally With Chinese Herbal Medicine

When your stomach is doing flips, you need a simple and healthy way to find relief. Thankfully Chinese herbal medicine offers many natural solutions, no matter the cause of your nausea.

So, which home remedy will help you quell your queasiness? Shop Best Chinese Medicine’s complete line of natural digestive remedies here!

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About the Author

Kaitlan Downes, MSAOM, L.AC

Kaitlan Downes, MSAOM, L.AC

Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner with a passion for herbal medicine. In fact, it was her love for plant and earth medicine that first drew her to study Chinese medicine.

Kate has a MSAOM (Master of Science, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) certification and practiced acupuncture in Indianapolis, IN for five years before packing her bags to roam the world. In order to stay in touch with the wellness community and continue to help others thrive with herbal medicine, she transformed her work from face-to-face patient care to spreading wellness through words. Her life as a remote herbalist and writer has allowed her to work with a variety of wellness brands, health pioneers, and her wonderful clients. She has a special interest in working with women’s health.

Kate thoroughly enjoys writing educational and useful pieces for Best Chinese Medicine. Her goal is to help the public gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.

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