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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:189-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.06.006. Epub 2016 Jul 5.

The effect of auricular acupressure on nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy among breast cancer patients.

Author information

1
Department of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation, University of Social Welfar and Rehabilitation, Tehran, Iran.
2
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3
Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: shvaraei@sina.tums.ac.ir.
4
Nursing and Midwifery Department, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
5
Deptartment of Hematology and Oncology, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
6
Iranian Scientific Acupuncture Association (ISAA), Iran.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of auricular acupressure in relieving nausea and vomiting among the women who received chemotherapy.

METHODS:

48 women suffering from Breast Cancer and receiving chemotherapy were recruited for the study. The patients were randomly assigned into two groups of experiment and control. In the initial phase of chemotherapy, the experimental group received standard medications to control nausea and vomiting and auricular acupressure for five days. Meanwhile, the control group received only the standard medications.

RESULTS:

The use of auricular acupressure led to the decrease in the number and intensity of nausea and vomiting in both the acute and delayed phases in experimental group which were significantly lower than the control group (P = 0/001).

CONCLUSIONS:

It is suggested that nurses use this pressure technique as a complementary treatment, non - pharmacological, inexpensive, non-invasive approach for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

KEYWORDS:

Auricular acupressure; Breast cancer; Chemotherapy; Nausea; Vomiting

PMID:
27502820
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.06.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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