What are the alternative medicine treatments for motion sickness?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Andrew Brainard, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Acupuncture and acupressure have been reported to reduce both motion sickness and nausea for many years. Many commercial products purport to treat motion sickness by applying stimulation (eg, needles, pressure, electrical current, magnetic fields, capsicum plaster) to the P6 pressure point on the wrist. None of these devices have been shown to be effective compared to placebos in good quality trials. [14, 15, 16]

Although a large systematic review and metaanalysis has not shown P6 stimulation to be effective for preventing postoperative nausea, some papers have shown them to be effective in in reducing the symptoms of motion sickness in a few small studies. [17, 18, 19]


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