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Created: 10/10/2005

The incidence of vomiting has been shown to be reduced by acupuncture. The point P6 (Pericardium 6: 2.5-5 cm proximal to the distal wrist crease, between flexor carpi radialis and palmaris longus tendons). Five minutes' manual or electrical stimulation may reduce the incidence of vomiting.


[i] P6 acupressure may relieve nausea and vomiting after gynecological surgery: an effectiveness study in 410 women.
Alkaissi A et al.
Can J Anaesth 2002; 49(10): 1034-9

[ii] Acupuncture versus ondansetron in the prevention of postoperative vomiting. A study of children undergoing dental surgery.
Somri M et al.
Anaesthesia 2001; 56(10): 927-32

[iii] Laser stimulation of acupuncture point P6 reduces postoperative vomiting in children undergoing strabismus surgery.
Schlager A et al.
Br J Anaesth 1998; 81(4): 529-32

[iv] Acupuncture in the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting.
al-Sadi M, Newman B, Julious SA.
Anaesthesia 1997; 52(7): 658-61

[v] Recent advances in the non-pharmacological management of postoperative nausea and vomiting
BJA Volume 95; Number 1; Page 77; July 2005

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