Acupressure bands reduce chemotherapy-related nausea, according to new research.

The study by researchers at the University of Rochester James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and Rochester General Hospital Cancer Center also showed that patient expectations enhanced the therapy’s effectiveness.

Patients who experienced nausea at prior treatments were randomized to either standard care or standard care plus acupressure bands with either neutral or positive information regarding the efficacy of the bands.

Patients who received the band therapy reported greater reduction in average nausea than the control group who did not receive the therapy.

“This equates to a 23.8% decrease in nausea in the band groups compared to a 4.8% decrease in the control group,” the researchers noted.

Patients who received positive or negative information about the therapy also reported a decrease in nausea.

“Acupressure bands are an effective, low-cost, nonintrusive, well-accepted, and safe adjunct to standard antiemetic medication,” the researchers added.

In February MASSAGE Magazine reported on research that showed hands-on acupressure and meridian massage boosted weight in pre-term infants. MASSAGE Magazine also reported on research that showed hands-on acupressure increases alertness in the classroom; hands-on, pre-hospital acupressure relieved pain; and hands-on acupressure reduced low-back pain.