Averting Anesthesia Queasiness With Acupressure
By Marci Robin , Senior Online Editor |
Most major cosmetic surgery procedures require general anesthesia, which can cause post-op nausea and vomiting in as many as 80% of patients. Because this queasiness is so common, many doctors prescribe antiemetic medication. However, these don't come without a cost, in terms of both money and side effects.
Anesthesia experts may have found a less expensive and less invasive solution in traditional East Asian medicine. Reviewing past studies, researchers from the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at The Chinese University of Hong Kong discovered that stimulation of the pericardium or P6 point, located in the wrist, may prevent post-op nausea.
Using an acupressure wristband, acupuncture, or other P6 stimulation techniques, it is believed that the brain receives a signal to release neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters block the nausea-causing chemicals.
The researchers report significantly fewer side effects with this method than with the typical antiemetic medications, deeming it a "suitable alternative."
Many physicians are not aware of these methods, so mention it to your surgeon before pursuing it on your own.