Saturday, March 7, 2009
An Amazing Therapeutic Regimen For Morning Sickness
For years I have worked in the field of OB/GYN and been familiar with the concept of acupressure applied to the wrist for the relief of nausea and vomiting. In the medical community, this treatment modality was viewed as lacking any sound scientific basis and was mostly employed and advocated by our midwife colleagues who were clearly more open to alternative forms of medical intervention.
Time has now shown that this is, in fact, an effective treatment option and I am now a believer in this approach for the management of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (technically referred to as hyperemesis gravidarum). Intractable vomiting can be debilitating during pregnancy leading to weight loss and requiring aggressive IV and medication therapy to control.
So much has been said through the years about this condition being psychogenic and this is not the case for many, granted there are always exceptions. As with any medical condition.
Physiologically, there is plenty of data to support the fact that pregnancy can cause nausea and vomiting (hormonal changes, etc. ) and the nature of this condition is often hard for clinicians to have to watch when there is often little they can do to resolve the symptoms, which fortunately (in most cases, not all) do subside prior to 20 weeks .
I was lucky enough to be introduced to the concept of PSI Bands by a wonderful individual, Romy Taormina, and after doing my own research and seeing that the FDA has done theirs as well, I am convinced it is an effective modality to help stave off the symptoms of hyperemesis during pregnancy and other nausea associated conditions.
If you want more information please visit my website link. This is a nonprofit promotion and I simply feel it is time for this treatment option to be heavily promoted even if it is not helpful to everyone.
Clearly I cannot give advice or recommendations regarding your particular situation and there are often no alternatives short of aggressive medical management as I have described previously , particularly with multiple pregnancies, but this is such a simple treatment option that it deserves a try since it is painless and a feasible financial commitment.
Douglas Penta MD