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Acupressure May Reduce Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting


In a prospective, randomized clinical trial involving 152 patients who were candidates for elective Cesarean section (C-section) under spinal anesthesia, treatment with acupressure delivered via a specific wrist elastic band that delivered a constant pressure to the acupuncture point, Nei Guan (PC-6), 30 minutes prior to spinal anesthesia, was found to be associated with significantly reduced incidence of nausea (from 35.5% to 13.2%) and vomiting, which were assessed during surgery, at the recovery room, and at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd two hours after surgery. The authors conclude, "Our study confirmed the effectiveness of acupressure in preventing post-operative nausea and vomiting, when applied 30 minutes prior to surgery.

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