Research: NORHEIM and colleagues,

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NORHEIM and colleagues, Havnegata General Practice, Harstad, Norway, investigated whether acupressure wristband could reduce nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.



In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 97 women in early pregnancy received active treatment or placebo. Symptoms were recorded according to intensity, duration and nature of complaints.


71% of women in the active treatment group reported less intensive morning sickness and reduced duration of symptoms. The same tendency was seen in the placebo group: 59% reported less intensive morning sickness and reduced symptom duration. Only duration of symptoms differed significantly between the two groups: in the active treatment group, duration of symptoms was reduced by 2.74 hours compared with 0.85 hours in the placebo group (p=0.018).


Acupressure wristband might be an alternative therapy for morning sickness in early pregnancy, especially before pharmacological treatment is considered.


Norheim AJ et al. Acupressure treatment of morning sickness in pregnancy. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 19 (1): 43-7. Mar 2001.


This is indeed a good result and should be incorporated into clinical practice internationally.

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