Bayreuther J, Lewith GT, Pickering R
“An evaluation of the use of Sea Bands in alleviating the nausea and vomiting of early morning sickness”
Faculty of Medicine Southampton University, England
Complement Ther Med 1994; 2:70-76
PURPOSE: to assess by means of a blindy evaluated crossover study if acupressure at the P6 wrist point (active) is more effective than acupressure at the elbow (placebo) in reducing the nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
METHOD: women were concacted through various Southampton G.P.s and women were given to pregnant women between 18-35 years. The women were randomly allocated to one of two groups, to wear Sea Bands on both wrists for seven days and then on both elbows for seven days, or visa-versa. Symptoms were recorded on daily visual analogue cards. There was a questionnaire to be completed at the beginning and the end of the two weeks. The credibility of the placebo was also assessed.
RESULTS: results show a significant decrease in nausea with acupressure at P6 compared to the placebo. Women were initially equally hopeful of both treatments working. They were significantly more confident in recommending P6 acupressure after treatment.
CONCLUSION: P6 acupressure is a good method of nausea control in pregnancy. A point further up the arm is a credible placebo.