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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;28:101-107. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.05.014. Epub 2017 May 26.

Effects of Korean hand acupressure on opioid-related nausea and vomiting, and pain after caesarean delivery using spinal anaesthesia.

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1
Obstetric Unit, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University, South Korea.
2
College of Nursing, CHA University, South Korea. Electronic address: clara@cha.ac.kr.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the effects of Korean hand acupressure on opioid-related nausea and vomiting, and pain after caesarean delivery.

METHODS:

Fifty participants were randomly assigned to an acupressure group or a control group. Korean hand acupressure discs were applied for 24 h onto 12 acupressure points (K-9, F-4 for nausea and vomiting; M-3, M-4, L-4, H-2, H-3, H-7 for abdominal pain; and I-38, J-2 for back pain). Nausea and vomiting incidences, the opioid-related symptom distress scale scores, and pain scores were analysed using chi-square test, Fisher's exact test, Mann-Whitney U test, or the repeated-measures analysis of variance.

RESULTS:

The acupressure group had lower incidences of nausea and vomiting, as well as significant improvements in the opioid-related symptom distress scores for nausea, vomiting, and pain. The acupressure group required fewer rescue antiemetics and analgesics.

CONCLUSION:

Korean hand acupressure can relieve nausea and vomiting, as well as pain after caesarean delivery.

KEYWORDS:

Acupressure; Caesarean delivery; Nausea; Opioid; Pain; Vomiting

PMID:
28779916
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.05.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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