Can an acupressure wristband relieve the nausea of migraine?

Nausea is one of the most debilitating symptoms of migraine and affects four out of five sufferers. Many of us will take an anti-emetic to stave off the sickness though these may leave some of us with feeling dizzy and exhausted.

Now it looks as if there may be a way to relieve the nausea that doesn’t interfere with our other migraine medication. Researchers have shown that applying pressure to the inner wrist controls migraine nausea.

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Leading headache physician, Doctor Zoltan Medgyessy, of the Berolina Clinic in Germany, demonstrated in a trial that pressure to the P6 antiemetic point on the inner wrist with an acupressure wristband is an effective and quick therapy for relieving nausea among migraine sufferers.

Dr Medgyessy’s acupressure study 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 acupressure wristbands instead of anti-emetic drugs during a migraine attack and five out of six patients (83 per cent) noticed a reduction of nausea.

Dr Medgyessy said: “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 anti-emetics, such as dizziness or tiredness”.

Reported nausea after therapy was rated 2.9 out of 10 and relief was reported after an average of 28 minutes.

Nearly all the participants (98 per cent) said they would use the wristband again for migraine nausea.

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