What is it?
Acustimulation involves applying a low-intensity electrical current to acupuncture points.
Acustimulation has been used for reducing nausea and vomiting, reducing pain, and many other conditions.
Possibly Effective for …
- Nausea and vomiting after surgery. Most research shows that using acustimulation during and after surgery helps to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting after surgery. Most studies used a specific acustimulation band (ReliefBand). This band is often worn on the wrist starting 30 minutes before surgery and left on the wrist for up to 72 hours after surgery. Acustimulation might also be beneficial when used along with drugs for nausea and vomiting. But it is unknown if it can be used in place of conventional antiemetics. Acustimulation doesn’t seem to help reduce nausea and vomiting after certain procedures that have a higher risk of causing nausea and vomiting.
Possibly Ineffective for …
- Nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment. Most research shows that acustimulation doesn’t help reduce nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drugs.
Insufficient Evidence to Make a Determination for …
A long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS). Acustimulation might improve symptoms such as feelings of gas and pressure in people with IBS.
- Motion sickness. Early research shows that acustimulation reduces discomfort during driving in people with motion sickness.
- Neck pain. Early research shows that acustimulation may reduce neck pain when used along with standard exercises.
- A type of anxiety marked by recurrent thoughts and repetitive behaviors (obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD). Early research shows that adding acustimulation to standard therapy for OCD might slightly improve symptoms.
- A disorder that causes repeated episodes of nausea and vomiting (cyclic vomiting syndrome or CVS).
- High blood pressure.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate acustimulation for these uses.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of acustimulation during pregnancy and breast-feeding. But there’s no reason to believe that it might be harmful in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
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