I used to be able to read in the car for hours and hours. When my family and I were on the Cabot Trail, I missed most of it because my nose was stuck in Tom Sawyer. Sadly, I can’t even be a passenger in a car now without feeling ill, and I certainly can’t read.
Before our road trip around the Toronto area last year, I decided to buy some anti-nausea wristbands. The online reviews were mixed, but I figured it was worth trying since they aren’t drugs and, therefore, have no drowsiness or other side effects, they’re reusable, can be machine washed, and have little to no waste associated with them. Plus the ones I bought weren’t expensive; less than $15 for a pair of the home brand from Shoppers Drug Mart.
The anti-nausea wrist bands work by applying pressure on points on each wrist. In Chinese Medicine, acupressure is the technique of applying pressure to acupoints and meridians in the body. Acupoint pericardium 6 (P6), the one we’re interested in, governs the movement of energy in the chest, harmonises digestion and stomach, regulates blood flow and calms the mind. The bands apply pressure on the pericardium six (P6) acupoint on each wrist by a plastic stud.
There have also been some ‘Western medicine’ studies on done these types of bands, which concluded that accupressure could be using the gate control theory of pain relief. This theory proposes that non-painful signals, such as pressure on the acupressure point, closes gates to the central nervous system to pain signals. This means that you and I feel less pain.
Regardless of what Chinese and Western medicine have to say, my experience with these bands is that they WORK! I can now travel in the car without a headache or nausea. Plus, I can read on my phone if necessary without worrying too much that I’ll start to feel nauseous. Sadly, I still can’t read in the car or bus for long periods, but I’ll take what I can get.
I used them on our trip in the Toronto Area and our road trip to France with minimal discomfort. I also wear them on all my bus trips to Leiden or Amsterdam, and on flights back to Canada in case of turbulence.
Have you ever tried anti-nausea wristbands? Have they worked for you?
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