Pressure point

14 Apr 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Stop the nausea of migraine headaches with this innovative solution.

The throbbing, the pressure, the pain. Millions of people around the world know these symptoms well. They represent the onset of another migraine headache.

Migraine is the 19th cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. And for those who live with the condition, there can be no more debilitating a symptom than nausea. Research shows that many migraine sufferers deal with this symptom.

Those who suffer from migraines with nausea know that eliminating it as a symptom can, in turn, help a patient take their migraine medication more easily.

In the past, many nausea sufferers have turned to anti-emetic drugs to relieve their symptoms but new treatments have emerged that are helping people to find relief. Recognising the value of these, some sufferers are now lessening their nausea side effects not through medications but with acupressure.

New research from the University of Turin, Italy, (on has found that pressure applied to the acupoint PC6, in the wrist, has been proven to provide relief from nausea symptoms brought on by a migraine headache. The research was carried out with 40 female patients suffering from migraines without aura, and those whose nausea was always a re-occurring symptom.

Over the course of the study, the patients were treated with different solutions as they suffered six different migraine attacks. Three of these attacks were treated by the Sea-Band wristband, which is designed to apply continuous pressure to the PC6. The other three treatments did not include this pressure.

As the study progressed, patients were asked to grade their nausea levels on a scale of one to 10 over varying time periods of 30, 60, 120 and 240 minutes. In every incidence, the patients said their levels of nausea were less during treatments when the Sea-Band wristband was applied, as compared to incidents without the wristband. In addition, the number of patients who reported a 50 per cent reduction in their nausea when using the Sea-Band wristband was significantly higher during the 30, 60 and 120-minute testing sessions.

Finally, patients reported consistency of treatment seemed to climb as the time increments increased, moving from 28 per cent at 60 minutes to 40 per cent at 120 minutes and 59 per cent at 240 minutes. Upon reviewing the data, the eight-person research team stated the “results encourage the application of PC6 acupressure for the treatment of migraine-associated nausea”. Visit to see if acupressure wristbands are right for you. The wristbands are also available from


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