A new research study will examine the effects of acupressure on chemotherapy-induced nausea. The study will be conducted by researchers at the School of Nursing, University of Manchester, England, and launches this month.
The study’s official synopsis reads, in part:
“Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting) are unpleasant and common side effects experienced by patients receiving chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. These side effects can cause a loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss and, in other ways, disrupt the patients’ daily life.”
Acpressure has been shown, in other studies, to increase alertness in classroom, relieve pain, shortness of breath and stress, assist with fatigue and depression, aid diabetes patients, and relive symptoms of motion sickness.
“Over the years, a range of anti nausea and anti sickness drugs has been developed to help with these symptoms which are sometimes supplemented with other non-drug treatments, including acupressure,” synopsis continues. “With acupressure, the person wears a pair of wrist bands that apply pressure to the known acupressure point (P6) on the inside of the forearm. Research studies have suggested that these wristbands may be beneficial in the management of the nausea side effect of chemotherapy treatment, but the NHS recognises [sic] that further research is needed to confirm that accpressure is a useful and cost-effective method of treatment that can be used in conjunction with traditional drug therapy.
“A major advantage of acupressure is that is has no known side effects and can be integrated safely into all other forms of cancer treatment.”