Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is the characteristic nausea experienced by many pregnant women upon awakening in the morning.  Herbs can be very helpful.

• For minor cases either ginger root or peppermint leaf, taken in tea form, can offer sufficient relief.

• If the problem is more severe, I recommend making ginger tea using fresh ginger (use a garlic press) and honey, then adding powders of pinellia tuber, tangerine peel, poria mushroom, agastache, and cardamon fruit (Sha ren or Amomum species).

• Vitamin B-6, about 10-25 mg. taken up to three times per day helps some women.  This should be taken with a pre-natal vitamin, of course.

• For quick temporary relief, it also helps to chew on a piece of lemon or orange peel.