Acupressure reduces pain, induces relaxation, and is utilized by many massage therapists. New research shows postoperative acupressure, in the form of acupressure bands, helps prevent postoperative vomiting following pediatric tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.

This randomized controlled trial paired the acupressure with preoperative acupuncture.

One hundred fifty-four children were randomized to a control group received standard treatment. The experimental, or acustimulation, group received acupuncture during anesthesia, followed by acupressure wristbands for 24 hour and standard treatment, the abstract noted.

Children in the acustimulation group experienced less retching and vomiting than the control group.

“This trial indicates the effectiveness of acustimulation as an adjunct to standard treatment,” the researchers wrote. “The results should encourage and promote the implementation of acustimulation for postoperative vomiting in children undergoing adenoidectomy or tonsillectomy.”

This study was conducted by researchers at the Department of Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo, Geitmyrsveien, Oslo, Norway. “Perioperative acupuncture and postoperative acupressure can prevent postoperative vomiting following pediatric tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial” was published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine.

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