THE EFFICACY OF ACUPRESSURE ON THE P6 ANTIEMETIC POINT: RELIEF OF MIGRAINE-RELATED NAUSEA
Z. Medgyessy, G. Schmid-Ott
Berolina Clinic, Löhne, Germany
Background and Aims: After head pain, nausea is one of the most debilitating symptoms of migraine. The aim of the trial was to evaluate the efficacy of acupressure on the P6 point for the amelioration of migraine related-nausea.
Methods: 41 Patients, 39 female and 2 male, participated in the trial. The participants’ average age was 47 years. They had been suffering from migraines for on average 26 years and had experienced an average of 33,1 migraine days over the previous three months. The average migraine pain intensity was 7,1 on a score from 0 (no pain) to 10 (strongest pain); the average intensity of nausea was 6,2 on a score from 0 (no nausea) to 10 (severest nausea). Patients were instructed to use the SEA-Band acupressure bands instead of taking antiemetics during their next migraine attack and to complete and return a migraine attack diary.
Results: After using the acupressure band, 34 (83%) patients noticed a reduction of nausea. Reported nausea after therapy was 2,9 on the 10-point scale from 1 (significantly weaker) to 10 (significantly stronger). Eighteen patients (44%) reported that their nausea was significantly weaker. The relief of nausea was reported after an average of 28.7 minutes. The average duration of the migraine attacks was 21,5 hours. The Sea-Band was worn on average for 17.9 hours. Forty patients (98%) reported that they would use Sea-Band during migraine attacks again.
Conclusions: Results show, that the use of an acupressure band can reduce migraine-related nausea. The advantage of this therapy is that it is drug-free and has no risks or side-effects such as dizziness or tiredness. Its effect is rapid, and it is easy and inexpensive to use. A randomized trial comparing drug treatment and acupressure is warranted.