ACUPRESSURE THERAPY FOR MORNING SICKNESS A Controlled Clinical Trial

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  • Elisabeth Hyde cnm, msn

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    • Elisabeth Hyde received a BS in Biology from Tufts University, a BS in Nursing from Boston University, and an MSN from Yale University. She practices midwifery in New Haven, Connecticut.


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ABSTRACT

A prospective, controlled clinical trial examined the efficacy of acupressure therapy for morning sickness, using a two group, random assignment, crossover design. Subjects in Group 1 (N = 8) used acupressure wristbands for five days, followed by five days without therapy. Subjects in Group 2 (N = 8) had no therapy for five days, followed by five days use of wristbands. The Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist and Sickness Impact Profile were used, and extent of nausea was assessed at baseline, day five, and day ten. Use of acupressure wristbands relieved morning sickness for 12 of 16 subjects (x2 = 5.31 with Yates' correction factor, df = 1, p < .025). Acupressure therapy resulted in statistically significant (p < .05) reductions in anxiety, depression, behavioral dysfunction, and nausea. Limitations of the study and suggestions for future research are presented.

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