Roscoe, J.A., Morrow, G.R., Matteson, S., Bushunow, P., & Tian, L. (2002). Acustimulation wristbands for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea. Alternative Therapies, 8 (4), 56-63.
This randomized controlled trial used a three-level crossover design (active acustimulation, sham acustimulation, and no acustimulation). All patients received standard antiemetics ordered by the physician. Patients wore a wristband before chemotherapy and as needed. Patients could adjust the stimulation intensity.
The study was conducted at three outpatient oncology clinics in the northeastern United States.
The study was a randomized clinical trial using a three-level crossover design (active acustimulation, sham acustimulation, and no acustimulation).
No statistical differences in average severity of nausea were observed between the interventions. A nearly significant difference was found in the severity of delayed nausea reported during active acustimulation compared to no acustimulation.
Findings were positive but not conclusive.
Caution should be used in patients with pacemakers.