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Acupuncture for nausea and vomiting: an update of clinical and experimental studies.
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PMID:  16950659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this overview is to summarize existing knowledge about the effects of acupuncture-point stimulation on nausea and vomiting. Systematic reviews on postoperative nausea and vomiting, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting exist. Several randomised trials, but no reviews, exist for motion sickness. For postoperative nausea and vomiting, results from 26 trials showed acupuncture-point stimulation was effective for both nausea and vomiting. For chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, results of 11 trials differed according to modality with acupressure appearing effective for first-day nausea, electroacupuncture appearing effective for first-day vomiting, and noninvasive electrostimulation appearing no more effective than placebo for any outcome. For pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, results were mixed. Experimental studies showed effects of P6-stimulation on gastric myoelectrical activity, vagal modulation and cerebellar vestibular activities in functional magnetic resonance imaging. There is good clinical evidence from more than 40 randomised controlled trials that acupuncture has some effect in preventing or attenuating nausea and vomiting. A growing number of experimental studies suggest mechanisms of action.
Konrad Streitberger; Jeanette Ezzo; Antonius Schneider
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-09-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Autonomic neuroscience : basic & clinical     Volume:  129     ISSN:  1566-0702     ISO Abbreviation:  Auton Neurosci     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-06     Completed Date:  2006-12-20     Revised Date:  2009-08-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909359     Medline TA:  Auton Neurosci     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-17     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 110, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Therapy* / adverse effects
Hyperemesis Gravidarum / prevention & control
Nausea / prevention & control*,  psychology
Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting / prevention & control
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Vomiting / prevention & control*,  psychology

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