According to a very small research study, acupressure wrist bands may be helpful in alleviating migraine-related nausea. According to researchers, 73 to 90% of migraine attacks involve nausea, and it is considered one of the most debilitating symptoms of the migraine attack for most patients. Access to a noninvasive, safe and easy to find product to treat their nausea is something many migraine patients could benefit from.
Researchers treated 40 women who live with migraine with aura for a total of six migraine attacks per woman. Three of each woman’s attacks were treated with an acupressure wrist band, while the other three were left untreated. The researchers used the Sea-Band name-brand acupressure wrist band in this study.
The Sea-Band acupressure wrist band applies pressure to an acupoint traditionally used in Chinese medicine to reduce nausea.
When treated with the Sea-Band acupressure devices patients reported significant improvement in nausea as compared to attacks that were left untreated. The number of patients who reported an at least 50% reduction in the intensity of their nausea was significantly higher in patients being treated with the acupressure wrist bands than in other patients. This was true at 30, 60 and 120 minutes after being treated with the device.
The researchers also observed consistent results with the use of the Sea-Band acupressure wrist band devices. Within two hours of being treated with the device, 48% of patients achieved a significant reduction in their nausea in at least two out of their three attacks that were treated with it.
Acupressure wrist bands like the Sea-Band brand of products are not only readily available in any drugstore, supermarket or discount store, but they’re also quite affordable. Additionally, Sea-Band and other companies make child-sized devices. Since there are no side effects associated with these devices and they are not invasive, they could be a great option for providing relief for child migraineurs.
Source:1. Allais, Gianni; Rolando, Sara; Castagnoli Gabellari, Ilaria; Burzio, Chiara; Airola, Gisella; Borgogno, Paola; Schiapparelli, Paola; Allais, Rita; Benedetto, Chiara. “Acupressure in the control of migraine-associated nausea.” Neurological Sciences. 2012. 33 :1;207-210. DOI 10.1007/s10072-012-1069-y. http://www.springerlink.com/content/84k6461g2644m574/.