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Acupressure Helped Nausea from Chemo

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Q. When my mother was going through chemotherapy, she always felt quite nauseated after the treatment. We got her some acupressure wristbands used to combat seasickness. Much to her surprise, they helped her feel much better.

We suspect others may want to try this as well. I would worry about potential interactions between herbs or home remedies and the anti-cancer drugs, but this should be safe.

A. Thanks for an excellent recommendation. A study of 160 women being treated for breast cancer found that acupressure bands significantly reduced the delayed nausea and vomiting, compared to placebo bands and usual care (Oncology Nursing Forum, July 2007).

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I had a good friend who went through chemo for brain cancer in several different doses, kinds of drugs, and combinations. She early-on got help from ginger. I had made a tincture of grated ginger and vegetable glycerine and water, and gave her my supply of it.

After that was gone, she had fresh ginger tea, made from freshly cut or grated root and hot water, steeped for half an hour (about an inch piece grated in 16 oz water). If she was too sick to drink anything, a sliver of fresh ginger or dot of the powdered ginger on her tongue would help quell the nausea.

She was given nausea-reducing drugs as the chemo increased, so don't know that it would have worked instead of those drugs. Though we ultimately lost her to a disease that could not be controlled, we are grateful that something simple from the kitchen could help so much and give her hope to carry on way beyond the average for her diagnosis.

I'm interested in obtaining several of the accupresssure wristbands to control nausea after having chemo for several people going through the chemo. But where could I buy the bands? At a drugstore? Where? I am hoping this would work for these loved ones.

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