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Efficacy of P6 acupressure in the treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy

Authors
Journal
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
0002-9378
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
174
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0002-9378(96)70454-4
Keywords
  • Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy
  • Acupressure
  • Emesis Gravidarum
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to investigate the efficacy of P6 acupressure in reducing or relieving symptoms of nausea with or without vomiting and retching during pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: Symptomatic pregnant volunteers ( n = 161) participated in a 7-day community-based clinical trial. All participants were assigned to one of three groups (i.e., P6 acupressure, placebo [acupressure bands inappropriately placed], or control) on the basis of a process of blocked randomization. Data were analyzed by error bar charts and analysis of variance of difference scores. RESULTS: Of 161 women, 149 (92.5%) completed the protocol. Irrespective of group assignment, participants reported significant decreases in nausea ( p < 0.0009) and vomiting or retching ( p < 0.0009). However, there was no differential treatment effect as a result of acupressure. CONCLUSION: There was no apparent medical benefit from the use of P6 acupressure. Our findings differ from other recently published studies that did not include a control group. (A M J O BSTET G YNECOL 1996;174:708-15.)

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