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Acupuncture helps prevent vomiting in children?

On average, each child suffers once or twice a year from diarrhea and vomiting. This can even be continued as part of a gastrointestinal flu. But acupressure or acupuncture can counteract at vomiting.

Acupuncture Acupuncture or acupressure is a healing method of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The acupuncture point is treat nausea and vomiting and it called pericardium 6 (P6) and Neiguan. Already, several studies have shown that stimulation of the pericardium 6-point in children can prevent nausea and vomiting after general anesthesia.

However, no data yet for the treatment of infantile vomiting and about it’s existence as part of a gastrointestinal flu (gastroenteritis). But a study by researchers shows that acupuncture in children can stop the vomiting effectively and even replace the use of drugs.

Children responds well to the influence of acupuncture.

For the study, acupuncture was tested at 18 children who suffered in the context of gastroenteritis or pneumonia with symptoms of nausea and vomiting, before a conventional antiemetic therapy was started. It was found that in 13 children vomiting could be stopped immediately with the start of acupuncture treatment. The other five children vomit only once after treatment. None of the patients required a medication with anti-emetics.

Acupuncture was well tolerated without fear of all children. So acupuncture treatment in children who suffer from vomiting appears to be a viable alternative to medication. The results of the study will now be confirmed in larger studies.