Acupressure wristband may relieve nausea in migraine

Nausea is one of the most debilitating symptoms of migraine.

Written by PTI | Washington | Published: June 27, 2013 3:52 pm

Applying pressure to the inner wrist with an acupressure wristband is an effective and quick therapy for relieving nausea of migraine sufferers,scientists say.

Nausea is one of the most debilitating symptoms of migraine and affects 80 per cent of migraine suffers in the US. Leading headache physician,Dr Zoltan Medgyessy of the Berolina Clinic in Lohne,Germany has demonstrated in a trial that pressure to the P6 antiemetic point on the inner wrist with an acupressure wristband can relieve in migraine sufferers.

Medgyessy’s acupressure study with the Department of Headache/Department of Psychosomatic at the Berolina Clinic included 41 patients who experienced an average of 33.1 migraine days during the previous three months with an average nausea intensity of 6.2 out of 10. Patients were given Sea-Band acupressure wristbands,approved by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),instead of antiemetic drugs during a migraine attack and 83 per cent of patients noticed reduction of nausea.

Reported nausea after therapy was rated a 2.9 out of 10 and relief was reported after an average of 28 minutes. Nearly all participants (98 per cent) said they would use Sea-Band again for migraine nausea.

“Acupressure wristbands are drug-free and that is an important advantage in using this therapy for migraine nausea as they have no risks for interaction with migraine drugs or the side effects commonly experienced with antiemetics,such as dizziness or tiredness,” said Medgyessy. “There are still many unknowns about migraine,making findings such as these an important stride toward improving the quality of life for those who suffer from the condition,” he said. Zoltan will present his findings at the International Headache Congress in Boston from June 27-30,2013.

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