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Acupressure for Nausea and Insomnia

Q. I read with great interest about your readers who have had good results using acupressure bands as a sleep aid. I too have had great results from acupressure bands, but as a cure for nausea.

When I was pregnant I suffered from nausea 24 hours a day. (I’ll never figure out why they call it “morning sickness” because I was nauseated morning, noon and night.) I had to travel with plastic bags in my car because I never knew when I would need to vomit.

A friend finally sent me these new anti-nausea bands that are worn around the wrist and provide constant pressure on something called the Nei-Kuan acupressure point. I found that I felt so much better I wore them for the duration of my pregnancy. The bands are called Psi Bands and are adjustable for any size wrist. You can control the amount of pressure you apply, which makes them comfortable to wear.

Even though I am no longer pregnant, I wear them on long car trips and when I travel by air. I hope this is helpful.

A. Thank you for sharing your story. Others have also reported success with wrist acupressure for nausea or insomnia. Those who are curious can search the Web for Psi Bands (www.psibands.com), Sea-Bands (www.sea-band.com) or Acubands (www.acuband.com).

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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