This recent article in the LA Times, Acupressure bands for that sickening feeling, by the aptly named “Healthy Skeptic”, talks about the wristbands that hit the P6 acupressure point and help address nausea.
It cites a couple of studies that focus on the efficacy of this acu-point, which attest to how well it works, with the wristband, and with the thumb.
In a study published in 2001, for example, [Robert Stern, a professor of psychology at Penn State University who studies motion sickness and nausea] and colleagues tested Acuband wristbands on subjects who had endured a session in a stomach-churning machine that uses spinning images to trigger motion sickness. As advertised, the bands helped fend off queasiness.
That study said the benefit of the wristband is that it won’t slip and can help focus the pressure. But the pressure of a thumb can work, too.
In July of this year, researchers published a study showing that hands-on acupressure — without wristbands — reduced nausea in women receiving hard-core chemotherapy for breast cancer. The technique didn’t make a difference immediately after the chemo, but the benefits became apparent in the 10 days that followed. A control group of women who were taught to perform acupressure on a spot away from P6 didn’t enjoy any such respite.
I’ve had clients and students tell me that they’ve used these while traveling on all kinds of transportation: cars, buses, boats and planes. Some tour operators have them on hand for their bus travelers. You might want to consider getting a set for your next vacation or trip.