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Clinical Research Studies

26 Clinical Studies Showing Significant Results from P6 Acupressure for Nausea Relief


If you read medical or scientific studies & find yourself puzzled about what the statistical numbers really mean, you are not alone!

Here’s a simple primer to help you decipher the 26 medical studies cited here. You can use this quick method to cut through the medical jargon, review the research summaries, and then judge for yourself if there’s enough evidence to give BioBands a try. – We think there is!

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Post-Surgery (Anesthesia) Nausea:

Ferrara-Love R, Sekeres L, Bircher NG. Nonpharmacologic treatment of postoperative nausea.J Perianesth Nurs 1996;Dec, 11(6):378-383.
Number of Participants (N)=90; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.0001

Harmon D, Ryan M, Kelly A, et al. Acupressure and prevention of nausea and vomiting during and after spinal anaesthesia for caesarean section.Br J Anaesth 2000;84(4):463-467.
Number of Participants (N)=94; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.002

Harmon D, Gardiner J, Harrison R, et al. Acupressure and the prevention of nausea and vomiting after laparoscopy.Br J Anaesth 1999;82(3):387-390.
Number of Participants (N)=104; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.005

Fan CF, Tanhui E, Joshi S, et al. Acupressure treatment for prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting.Anesth Analg 1997;Apr, 84(4):821-825. Comment in: Anesth Analg 1997;Apr, 84(4):712-714.
Number of Participants (N)=200; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.0058

Alkaissi A, Evertsson K, Johnsson V.-A, Ofenbartl L, Kalman S. P6 acupressure may relieve nausea and vomiting after gynecological surgery: an effectiveness study in 410 women Can J Anesth, December 1, 2002; 49(10): 1034 - 1039.
Number of Participants (N)=410; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.0168

Eizember FL , Tomaszewski CA , Kerns WP 2nd. Acupressure for prevention of emesis in patients receiving activated charcoal.J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 2002;40(6):775-780.
Number of Participants (N)=187; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.043

Felhendler D, Lisander B. Pressure on acupoints decreases postoperative pain.Clin J Pain 1996;Dec, 12(4):326-329.
Number of Participants (N)=30; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.05 (1 hr PostOp); P<0.0001 (24 hrs PostOp)

Agarwal A, Bose N, Gaur A, et al. Acupressure and ondansetron for postoperative nausea and vomiting after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.Can J Anaesth 2002;Jun-Jul, 49(6):554-560.
Number of Participants (N)=150; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.05

Alkaissi A, Stalnert M, Kalman S. Effect and placebo effect of acupressure (P6) on nausea and vomiting after outpatient gynaecological surgery.Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 1999;43(3):270-274.
Number of Participants (N)=60; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.05

Ho CM, Hseu SS, Tsai SK , et al. Effect of P-6 acupressure on prevention of nausea and vomiting after epidural morphine for post-cesarean section pain relief.Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 1996;40(3):372-375.
Number of Participants (N)=60; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.05

Lee A, Done ML. The use of nonpharmacologic techniques to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting: a meta-analysis.Anesth Analg 1999;Jun, 88(6):1362-1369. Comment in: Anesth Analg 1999;Jun, 88(6):1200-1202.

Ming JL, Kuo BI, Lin JG, Lin LC. The efficacy of acupressure to prevent nausea and vomiting in post-operative patients.J Adv Nurs 2002;Aug, 39(4):343-351.
Number of Participants (N)=150

Stein DJ, Birnbach DJ, Danzer BI, et al. Acupressure versus intravenous metoclopramide to prevent nausea and vomiting during spinal anesthesia for cesarean section.Anesth Analg 1997;84(2):342-345.
Number of Participants (N)=75


Morning Sickness:

Belluomini J, et al. Acupressure for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a randomized, blinded study. Obstetrics and Gynecology 1994;84:245-248
Number of Participants (N)=60; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.0021

Norheim AJ, Pedersen EJ, Fonnebo V, Berge L. Acupressure treatment of morning sickness in pregnancy. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Scand J Prim Health Care. 2001 Mar;19(1):43-7.
Number of Participants (N)=97; Probability of Chance Results (P)=0.018

Werntoft E, Dykes AK. Effect of acupressure on nausea and vomiting during pregnancy: a randomized, placebo-controlled, pilot study.J Reprod Med 2001;46(9):835-839.
Number of Participants (N)=60

Slotnick RN. Safe, successful nausea suppression in early pregnancy with P-6 acustimulation.J Reprod Med 2001;Sep, 46(9):811-814. Comment in: J Reprod Med 2001;Dec, 46(12):1079.
Number of Participants (N)=41


Motion Sickness:

Hu S, Stritzel R, Chandler A, Stern RM. P6 acupressure reduces symptoms of vection-induced motion sickness. Aviat Space Environ Med , July 1, 1995 ; 66(7): 631-4.
Number of Participants (N)=64; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.0001

Stern RM, Jokerst MD, Muth ER, Hollis C. Acupressure relieves the symptoms of motion sickness and reduces abnormal gastric activity.Altern Ther Health Med 2001;Jul-Aug, 7(4):91-94.
Number of Participants (N)=25


Chemotherapy Nausea:

Dibble SL, Chapman J, Mack KA, Shih AS. Acupressure for nausea: results of a pilot study.Oncol Nurs Forum 2000;Jan-Feb, 27(1):41-47.
Number of Participants (N)=17; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.01

Roscoe JA, Morrow GR, Hickok JT, et al. The efficacy of acupressure and acustimulation wrist bands for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: a University of Rochester Cancer Center Community Clinical Oncology Program multicenter study.J Pain Symptom Manage 2003;Aug, 26(2):731-742.
Number of Participants (N)=739; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.05

Shin, Yeong Hee PhD, RN; Kim, Tae Im PhD, RN, et al. Effect of Acupressure on Nausea and Vomiting During Chemotherapy Cycle for Korean Postoperative Stomach Cancer Patients. Cancer Nursing July/August 2004; 27(4):267-274.
Number of Participants (N)=40


General Nausea:

Dent HE, Dewhurst NG, Mills SY, Willoughby M. Continuous PC6 wristband acupressure for relief of nausea and vomiting associated with acute myocardial infarction: a partially randomised, placebo-controlled trial.Complement Ther Med 2003;Jun, 11(2):72-77.
Number of Participants (N)=301; Probability of Chance Results (P)<0.05

Felhendler D, Lisander B. Effects of non-invasive stimulation of acupoints on the cardiovascular system.Complement Ther Med 1999;Dec, 7(4):231-234.
Number of Participants (N)=24

Lu DP, Lu GP, Reed JF 3rd. Acupuncture/acupressure to treat gagging dental patients: a clinical study of anti-gagging effects.Gen Dent 2000;Jul-Aug, 48(4):446-452.

Wright LD. The use of motion sickness bands to control nausea and vomiting in a group of hospice patients. Am J Hosp Palliat Care . 2005 Jan-Feb;22(1):49-53.
Number of Participants (N)=33