Medline ® Abstract for Reference 123
of 'Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer'
Acustimulation wristbands for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea.
Roscoe JA, Morrow GR, Bushunow P, Tian L, Matteson S
Altern Ther Health Med. 2002;8(4):56.
CONTEXT: Substantial evidence suggests that acupuncture-point stimulation may be effective in controlling side effects of chemotherapy.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the efficacy of an acustimulation wristband for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea.
DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial using a 3-level crossover design.
SETTING: Three outpatient oncology clinics in the northeastern United States.
PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-five women and 2 men who experienced moderate or more severe nausea following their first chemotherapy treatment.
INTERVENTION: We compared active acustimulation of the Pericardium 6 (PC-6) point on the ventral surface of the wrist with sham acustimulation (a corresponding point on the posterior surface of the wrist). A control group received no acustimulation.
OUTCOME MEASURES: Severity of nausea and quantity of antiemetic medication used.
RESULTS: No statistically significant differences in average severity of nausea were observed between the 3 interventions. However, the data showed a difference close to statistical significance in the severity of delayed nausea reported during active acustimulation compared to no acustimulation (P<.06). In addition, patients took fewer antinausea pills during the active-acustimulation cycle of this experiment compared to the no-acustimulation phase (P<.05).
CONCLUSION: Findings on the efficacy of an acustimulation band for the control of chemotherapy-induced nausea are positive but not conclusive. These findings provide ample justification for further study of acustimulation in clinical oncology.
University of Rochester Cancer Center, NY, USA.