I haven't been posting with much gusto these past several days. I've been under the weather with an inner ear infection for over a week that has resulted in two trips to the doctor, prescription ear drops, antibiotics and some miserable side effects. I've had ear infections before, but none like this one. I have had vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and my diet consisted of strawberry Jell-o, dry toast, ginger ale, flat Coke, and peppermint tea for 5 days. Considering I don't drink soda pop or eat foods with high fructose corn syrup (do you know what is in Jell-o? Yuck!), this has been hard, but it's the only thing that kept me functioning from Sunday until yesterday.
The worst has passed and I am getting some relief, finally. I'd like to tell you about something that made a HUGE difference for me and all it took was a $6.99 investment to have me feeling like me again.
The worst part of this has been the nausea. I've had peppermint tea, ginger tea, and everything else that typically is recommended for nausea. Neither worked that much.
I was in Wegmans yesterday getting more ginger ale and decided to look in the medicine aisle and noticed the Sea-Band acupressure nausea relief bands. These are located by other meds for stomach woes. I have never tried these. I have had friends swear by them for motion sickness and morning sickness, but haven't tried them myself.
Desperate for some sort of relief that didn't involve adding another medication to my life, I decided to spend the $6.99 and try them out.
Honestly, I was skeptical. While I am extremely open minded, I still personally believe that traditional medicine used in conjunction with alternative therapies is best--not either or.
I do not care if these are ugly and don't match my clothes (although I did choose black) or jewelry. These bands are working for me. You simply follow the enclosed instructions for placement, wear one on each wrist and let them do their magic without using drugs. When my doctor wanted me to take anti-nausea medicine in addition to my other medications, I just didn't want to add one more medicine to my body--especially when I haven't been able to nourish it with lots of good stuff to keep my immune system strong.
I am wearing these again today. For the first time since Saturday, I felt like I could eat something normal and keep it down. I was able to walk my boys to school without thinking, "I don't know if we can make it there without me getting hit with this again." What a huge relief.
So how do these bands work? Let's talk about acupressure. Acupressure is when you apply light touch to specific pressure points of the body. In this case, nei guan or Pericardium 6 (on the wrist) is the pressure point linked to treating nausea, heartburn, hiccups, and acid reflux symptoms.
This experience has me curious to learn more about acupressure. Several years ago, I took a course on reflexology and it actually is quite similar and the two can go hand in hand in many cases. I'd like to learn more about acupressure now, too. Have you tried it? What has your experience been?