, surgery, chemotherapy or morning sickness
(in pregnancy) can all lead to continuous nausea or vomiting.
And for anyone faced with such nausea, it can be a very unpleasant experience.
To alleviate nausea and vomiting, many will turn to drugs.
But there are alternatives to medications
These include herbal remedies, vitamins, aromatherapy or hypnosis - and now acupressure wristbands.
But can a pair of bracelets, applying pressure to a certain point on your wrist, really relieve nausea and vomiting?
Acupressure bands come in different colours, shapes, sizes and brands but the principle behind them all is the same: a little button, usually made of plastic, applies pressure to the acupoint Pericardium 6 (also known as P6, PC6, nei-kuan and neiguan).
This point is located on the inside of the wrist and should be easy to locate on yourself. Just wearing one band on each wrist is said to ease nausea.
How to identify that all important point
First hold your hand palm up and note the position of the upper wrist crease. Then place the three middle fingers of your other hand onto your wrist. The Nei-kuan point will be beneath your index finger, between the two central tendons. Position the button over the Nei-Kuan point. Repeat the process for the other wrist, wearing one band on each wrist for maximum effectiveness.
How does acupressure work?
Acupressure is based on the same idea as acupuncture
but, instead of needles, pressure is used to stimulate different points on the body.
Dr. Zhao Hong (Vice President of the Hospital of Acupuncture and Moxibustion) explains: “These points on the surface of the body may be far removed from the areas displaying symptoms; they are determined by something called the meridian system. The idea is to relieve through greater balance and circulation of the flows and metabolic energies in the body.
Accupressure bands can be worn before or after you start travelling but remember that, if the bands are worn when the travel starts, it can take two to five minutes for the band(s) to be effective.
The natural alternative
This means that there will be none of the side effects associated with common drugs, making acupressure bands suitable to be worn by anyone.
And there are even bracelets which are designed and customised to appear as a "beautiful natural healing fashion bracelet" that can be worn all day long whilst cleverly targeting the pressure points on your wrist to relieve anxiety, nausea, headaches and insomnia.