Effect of auricular acupressure therapy for the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting after gynecological surgery

Chung Hsin Huang, Yung Wei Hsu, Pei Shan Tsai, Kun Yi Lin, Chien Chuan Chen

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Abstract

Objective: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is still a troubling problem in patients who undergo gynecological surgery, especially in patients using morphine for patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). In this study, we investigated whether auricular acupressure therapy reduced the incidence of PONV. Materials and Methods: A total of 150 female patients (ASA I-II, aged 18-65 years) scheduled to undergo myomectomy or hysterectomy were enrolled in this double-blind, placebo-controlled study and randomly assigned to one of three groups. In groups I and II, we taped seeds of Wangbuliuxing onto auricular points (two sets of four) and asked patients to compress these points four times a day. Group III acted as the control group. Results: Data were available for 124 patients. The incidence of PONV in group I was significantly decreased in the first 2 days (day 1: 16%; day 2: 12%) compared with group II (day 1: 42%, p = 0.021; day 2: 32%, p = 0.048) and group III (day 1: 40%, p = 0.030; day 2: 35%, p = 0.023). Conclusion: Auricular acupressure therapy at the shenmen, jiaogan, wei, and pizhixia points prevented PONV after gynecological surgery with PCA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalTaiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume44
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Auricular acupressure therapy
  • Patient-controlled analgesia
  • Postoperative nausea and vomiting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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