[Acupressure combined with press needles for prevention of gastroscopy-induced nausea and vomiting]

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2016 Nov 12;36(11):1131-1134. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2016.11.003.
[Article in Chinese]

Abstract

Objective: To explore the clinical effects of acupressure at Neiguan (PC 6) combined with press needles for prevention of gastroscopy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Methods: One hundred and twenty patients who were scheduled to gastroscopy for the first time were randomly assigned into an acupressure group and a combined treatment group, 60 cases in each one.The patients in the two groups were treated with acupressure at Neiguan (PC 6) 15 min before gastroscopy; moreover, the patients in the combined treatment group were additionally treated with press needles at Neiguan (PC 6) until the end of gastroscopy. The time of gastroscopy-induced nausea and vomiting, VAS-based nausea and vomiting scale and the state-trait anxiety inventory were compared between the two groups.

Results: The time of gastroscopy-induced nausea and vomiting in the combined treatment group was lower than that in the acupressure group (P<0.05); the score of VAS-based nausea and vomiting scale in the combined treatment group was lower than that in the acupressure group (P<0.05); the state-trait anxiety inventory was not significantly different between the two groups, before and after gastroscopy (all P>0.05).

Conclusions: Acupressure at Neiguan (PC 6) combined with press needles can relieve gastroscopy-induced nausea and vomiting without increasing anxiety.

Keywords: acupressure; anxiety; gastroscopy; nausea and vomiting; press needles.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupressure*
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Combined Modality Therapy / methods
  • Gastroscopy / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Nausea / etiology
  • Nausea / therapy*
  • Needles*
  • Vomiting / etiology
  • Vomiting / therapy*

Substances

  • Antineoplastic Agents