Acupressure Wrist Bands Relieve Migraine-Related Nausea

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/.

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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/.

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  • cathleenmacphee
    6 years ago

    SeaBands, and their dollar store partners have been my saving grace on more than one occasion. When I was a kid motion sickness ruined many a car ride before I found SeaBands when I was in my teens. And so long as I get them on early they make a big dent in the migraine nausea now. As far as continual use, aside from taking them off to shower/bathe I have wore them for weeks on end and don’t think there have been any idea effects. They make such a big difference for me that when I haven’t had them with me I’ve improvesed with rocks, marbles, beads and various things to help hold them in place. I am almost never without my SeaBands anymore.
    And when I started doing accupuncture one of the first things the practitioner showed me for headache and nausea was the pressure point that these bands are designed to work on so there’s got to be something behind it.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    6 years ago

    I can definitely see where using this in episodic Migraine would be amazing to try! I am wondering about continual use though. Is there anything we should know about use in those of us who are chronic?

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    That is great to hear they really work, smgibson! I think I may just give them a try!

  • smgibson
    6 years ago

    I LOVE my seabands!!! I have used them for over 17 years first for pregnancy nausea and now for migraine nausea. They really do help. I keep at least 1 pair in my purse and another or 2 pairs in the house. When they start to loose some of their stretch I launder them and they bounce back.

    The secret is to put them on right away, don’t let the nausea get bad, I’ll wear them for days at a time taking them off only to prevent them getting wet.

    I highly recommend them!

  • Julie
    6 years ago

    I can’t wait to give them a try. Got a pair of the brand name Sea-Band, or rather my husband did. Right after I saw this earlier this morning at Walgreens, the very last pair on sale for $6.00. If they had more than 1 pair I was going to have him get more. My daughter flies on once in a while so that would help her and my best friend her stomache argues with her when it feels like it. Can’t wait to try it though. The fewer drugs I have to take the happier I’ll be. Thanks for the info 🙂

  • cmvonhirdler
    6 years ago

    good recommendation!

  • Annie
    6 years ago

    Thank you for another great article. I ended up dusting off my Sea-Bands and using them this morning. It’s nice to rejuvenate old useful tools from our toolboxes. 

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