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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 33, Supplement 1, pp 207–210

First Online: 30 May 2012


Migraine is a disabling neurological disorder, aggravated by accompanying symptomatology, such as nausea. One of the most interesting approaches to nausea adopted by traditional Chinese medicine is the stimulation of the acupoint PC6 Neiguan. Actually there are no studies in medical literature as to the efficacy of treating PC6 acupoint for gastrointestinal symptoms in migraine attacks. Our study aimed at verifying if pressure applied to the acupoint PC6 was effective on nausea during migraine. Forty female patients suffering from migraine without aura were enrolled, if nausea was always present as accompanying symptomatology of their migraine. The patients were treated randomly for a total of six migraine attacks: three with the application of a device, the Sea-Band wristband, which applies continual pressure to the PC6 acupoint phase SB, and three without it phase C. The intensities of nausea at the onset, at 30, 60, 120 and 240 min were evaluated on a scale from 0 to 10. The values were always significantly lower in phase SB than in phase C. Also the number of patients who reported at least a 50 % reduction in the nausea score was significantly higher in phase SB than in phase C at 30, 60 and 120 min. Moreover, the consistency of the treatment response in at least two out of three treated attacks was reached in 28 % patients at 60 min; in 40 % at 120 min and 59 % at 240 min. Our results encourage the application of PC6 acupressure for the treatment of migraine-associated nausea.

KeywordsMigraine Nausea PC6 acupressure AbbreviationsCINVChemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

PONVPostoperative nausea and vomiting

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Author: Gianni Allais - Sara Rolando - Ilaria Castagnoli Gabellari - Chiara Burzio - Gisella Airola - Paola Borgogno - Paola Schiap


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