Acupressure for Nausea after Surgery

Acupressure for nausea and vomiting after surgery. A team of researchers in Turkey looking at the possibilities of acupressure for nausea and vomiting after gynaecological surgery, have concluded it represents a viable alternative to drugs. They randomised 97 women to receive either standard drugs during and after surgery, or to receive acupressure to the point Neiguan using a wristband. The latter was left in place during the first 12 hours following surgery.

Acupressure was associated with preventing vomiting and a significant reduction in nausea. Patients’ general comfort level also improved. The study authors say that because of its effectiveness and feasibility, wristband acupressure is a great alternative to pharmacologic methods in the gynaecological surgery population.

(The Effect of Neiguan Point (P6) Acupressure With Wristband on Postoperative Nausea, Vomiting, and Comfort Level: A Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, December 2018.)