The Effect of Neiguan Point (P6) Acupressure With Wristband on Postoperative Nausea, Vomiting, and Comfort Level: A Randomized Controlled Study

J Perianesth Nurs. 2018 Dec;33(6):915-927. doi: 10.1016/j.jopan.2017.09.006. Epub 2017 Nov 3.


Purpose: To determine how usage of wristband acupressure at pericardium 6 (P6) Neiguan point application affects nausea, vomiting, and comfort level in the postoperative period.

Design: A randomized controlled experimental study.

Methods: The study was implemented at an obstetrics hospital. The study was conducted on 97 patients (47 experimental and 50 control subjects) who underwent gynecologic surgery other than caesarian section. In the experimental group, wristband acupressure was applied during the first 12 hours after operation. The control group received antiemetics during and after operation.

Findings: Although P6 acupressure application was effective at preventing vomiting, its effect on nausea intensity was even better. Also, the P6 acupressure application enhanced patient comfort.

Conclusions: Because of its effectiveness and feasibility, wristband P6 acupuncture point acupressure application is a great alternative to pharmacologic methods in the gynecologic surgery population.

Keywords: Neiguan point (P6) acupressure; comfort; nursing care; postoperative nausea and vomiting.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupressure / methods*
  • Acupuncture Points
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antiemetics / administration & dosage*
  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting / prevention & control*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Antiemetics