Women who suffer nausea in the early stages of pregnancy can be helped by a daily treatment of acupressure, a study from San Francisco has concluded.
Researchers treated 90 women who were up to 11 weeks pregnant and who complained of nausea; half were given acupressure on a recognized point known as PC-6, which is close to the wrist, while the rest had it applied wrongly.
Acupressure was performed for 10 minutes, four times a day, for seven days. The women given acupressure correctly reported an improvement in their condition.
The discovery follows an earlier Italian study which showed that Sea Bands, an elastic strap that holds a plastic button over an acupressure point, also helped to reduce nausea. The study was criticized for being too small.