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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2013 Apr;43(2):215-24. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2013.43.2.215.

[Combination effects of capsicum plaster at the Korean hand acupuncture points k-d2 with prophylactic antiemetic on postoperative nausea and vomiting after gynecologic laparoscopy].

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Cheongju University, Cheongju, Korea.



This study was done to evaluate the combination effects of capsicum plaster at the Korean hand acupuncture points K-D2 with prophylactic antiemetic on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV).


An experimental research design (a randomized, a double-blinded, and a placebo-control procedure) was used. The participants were female patients undergoing gynecologic laparoscopy; the control group (n=34) received intravenous prophylactic ramosetron 0.3mg, while the experimental group (n=34) had Korean Hand Therapy additionally. In the experimental group, capsicum plaster was applied at K-D2 of both 2nd and 4th fingers by means of Korean Hand Therapy for a period of 30 minutes before the induction of anesthesia and removed 8 hours after the laparoscopy.


The occurrence of nausea, nausea intensity and need for rescue with antiemetic in the experimental group was significantly less than in the control group 2 hours after surgery.


Results of the study show capsicum plaster at K-D2 is an effective method for reducing PONV in spite of the low occurrence of PONV because of the prophylactic antiemetic medication.


Acupuncture points; Capsicum plaster; Gynecology; Laparoscopy; Postoperative nausea and vomiting

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