Acupressure bands for motion sickness

One study found that acupressure wristbands that stimulate a specific point on the wrist can help reduce symptoms of motion sickness such as nausea and vomiting.1

Several brands of bands are available. These bands use pressure, electricity, or both to stimulate the P6 acupuncture point located about two finger-widths from the crease on the underside of the wrist. The elastic bands usually have a raised surface that applies pressure on the wrist. Practitioners of acupuncture and acupressure believe stimulation of this point may stop nausea and vomiting.

The bands have no known side effects, so there is no harm in trying them.

Citations

  1. Stern RM, et al. (2001). Acupressure relieves the symptoms of motion sickness and reduces abnormal gastric activity. Alternative Therapies, 7(4): 91–94.

Last Updated: April 2, 2009

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