Perhaps you've gotten this question from others or wondered yourself: "Do those bracelets really work? Is it just a placebo effect?" Today, we take a look at the scientific evidence for P6 acupressure.
I have to admit that the first time I heard about acupressure bands, it all sounded a bit woo-woo.
I began to look at the scientific evidence, and I was pleased to discover I was not just imagining the relief I felt: many clinical studies in peer-reviewed journals have concluded that acupressure and acupuncture on the P6 point below the wrist provide significant relief for a variety of symptoms, and that this relief goes beyond what can be accounted for by a placebo effect. Here are some of the highlights:
"The efficacy of applying acupressure was demonstrated."
Nausea & Vomiting
Motion: If motion rather than pregnancy is the reason for your nausea, then you should look at this study in the journal General Anesthesia, which concluded that "P6 acupressure increased tolerance to experimental nauseogenic stimuli, and reduced the total number of symptoms reported."
Visually-Induced Nausea: This study, published in the journal Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, looked at whether P6 acupressure worked to decrease symptoms of visually-induced nausea (such as you might get playing VR games or on certain Disney rides). They found that "P6 acupressure reduces the severity of symptoms of visually-induced motion sickness...."
Post-Operative Nausea: This study in the British Journal of Anesthesia looked at P6 stimulation (in this case using lasers) on children who were undergoing eye surgery. It found that with P6 stimulation before and after the surgery, "the incidence of vomiting was significantly lower (25%) than that in the placebo group (85%)." Another one in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, concluded that "P6 acupressure application was effective at preventing vomiting" and "its effect on nausea intensity was even better."
Chemotherapy Nausea: Patients fighting cancer often suffer as much from their treatments as from the disease itself, the effects of chemo on the body being particularly notorious. This study in the Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care found that "applying acupressure at the P6 point is effective in decreasing chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, and anxiety in patients with breast cancer."