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FDA Approved Alternative for Motion Sickness

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motion sickness band

If you are looking for an alternative to medications for motion sickness, or nausea in general, try the FDA motion sickness band from Hammacher Schlemmer. The motion sickness band lasts comes with a lifetime warranty, batteries that last two years, and sells for $139.

Nausea from motion sickness can be helped with acupressure – acupuncture without the needles. The band works by stimulating the median nerve in the wrist that triggers stomach upset. Acupuncture therapists use the area, called the P6 meridian to treat nausea . Stimulating the P6 meridian is also shown to help nausea side effects and reduce vomiting associated with cancer treatment and chemotherapy. (1)(2)

The motion sickness band delivers electrostatic pulses that stimulate the P6 meridian. Using the band before travel yields best results – the manufacturer recommends applying the band thirty minutes before travel that might cause motion sickness. Nausea relief from other causes is possible by applying the band before taking medications that provoke nausea and vomiting.

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The motion sickness band does not interfere with medications, but no one with a pacemaker should use the band.

Before application, apply the conductive gel that comes with the band to your wrist. You can eat and drink normally. The band does not interfere with normal digestion. The FDA approved motion sickness band is a decent alternative for treating nausea from a variety of sources, including nausea induced by chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

The Motion Sickness Wrist Band

(1)Shen J, Wenger N, Glaspy J, et al. Electroacupuncture for control of myeloablative chemotherapy-induced emesis: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2000;284:2755-61.

(2)Dibble SL, Luce J, Cooper BA, et al. Acupressure for chemotherapy- induced nausea and vomiting: a randomized clinical trial. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2007;34:813-20.