“ Brand: Acustrap / Type: Stomach Ailments / Dosage Form: Straps „
I bought these Acustrap bands because I was recommended them by the pharmacist to help combat morning sickness! Out of all of the ones they had on the Go Travel section, these were the cheapest and looked the same as the rest of them - maybe I shouldn't have skimped on price, I guess I'll never know! I found that the straps didn't work for me at all, and couldn't see how they would work for travel sickness either.
I found that they were really just two straps with Velcro on with two bubbles on the inside. The packaging claims that to combat sickness, be it travel or morning, the bubbles press on your pressure points to alleviate the feeling of sickness. Well I found it quite difficult to decide from the packet where my pressure points were - it made reference to "first wrist lines" and seen as I have two, is the first the top or bottom?? Then it states to put three fingers at the "first wrist line" and where your middle finger is is where the bubble is supposed to go. Phew! Well after all that hassle my sickness didn't go away. And the bubbles really hurt after a while so you have to take them off - so any good that they may have done would be undone and probably the sickness made worse, when you took them off. They are uncomfortable and don't look very nice either to wear every day!
Maybe I didn't do it right or maybe they were just too cheap but didn't solve my problem unfortunately.
Good luck if you find these work - I hope you do! Not for me though sadly.
I too have been a really bad sufferer from motion sickness in cars and boats my whole life (I am in my 30s). I basically always vomit if the road is curvy, or the weather is hot and sunny. I have always avoided long road trips because I just can't tolerate feeling sick for hours and then having to throw up to get relief. I didn't really believe in Acustraps but thought I would give it a try. They really worked. I strapped them on tight on both of my arms three fingers below the wrist line imbetween the two large wrist tendons. I rode in a car and a ferry in Samoa and for the first time in my life, did not feel nauseated or vomit. It really has opened up my quality of life. I still can't believe it. I would recommend giving it a try.
Last year I traveled to the Galapagos Islands for a 9 day cruise around the islands. I have never really been on a boat before for more than a few hours at a time and so I was a bit unsure as to whether I got seasick or not. However, I didn't want to be stuck in the middle of the Galapagos without any means of getting something that would make me feel better should I suffer from sea sickness and so I took a couple of things with me "just in case". One of these things was the Acustrap Motion Sickness Band which cost me £2.49 from Amazon. It was recommended to me by a friend who said it had helped her on long car journeys - but I have to admit that I didn't fully trust in the product when I bought it (which was why I luckily also purchased some pharmaceutical products to take with me also!).
The theory is that the Acustrap Motion Sickness Band uses a band which will put pressure on key acupressure points in your wrist in order to prevent or alleviate the feelings of sickness and dizziness associated with travel sickness. The band is literally a band which is a bid like a cheap watch strap which has a small plastic white "dot" on the strap which will sit against your skin. Although the band did not come with comprehensive instructions, I did look up on the internet where the band should be placed for optimal effect - and basically the white dot should be on the Nei-Kuan acupressure point - which is around the point where you would take your pulse on your wrist.
So - just before the cruise commenced, I fastened on the strap - which was easy and a good fit - and I started sailing.....hoping that that was all I was going to need to be sickness free for my cruise. The first night (we sailed mostly at night) the sea was quite calm and I never had any problems. I did think that maybe the strap was working because even with the calm seas there were a few people complaining about feeling a bit nauseous. My only complaint at this time was that it got quite hot with the strap on and my wrist got quite sweaty under the band and so I did want to keep taking it off to allow my skin to breath. The nylon strap is also fairly rough and it doesn't feel soft or particularly comfortable on the wrist - and had I worn it for more than a few days, I think it would have become very uncomfortable indeed.
The second night, the wind was up and so the waves were up - and I started to feel quite nauseous early on in the evening. I readjusted the strap as I thought it might be in the wrong place - but readjusting it really didn't do anything. I had a sleepless night where, although I didn't vomit, I didn't feel particularly good until my feet touched land the following morning.
The third night, the nausea started fairly early again - and after a few hours, I relented and took some pills. I left the band on though as I considered that it wasn't going to hurt to keep it on and it may just work well in combination with the pills. Luckily, taking the medication did alleviate the nausea and I was able to start sleeping and feeling more human (although I have still decided I am a land lover!).
After the fourth day I decided to remove the strap and just take the medication - and I have to admit that the pills alone was fine. I didn't notice that there was any difference between how I felt when I was wearing the strap and not wearing the strap - except that my wrist felt more comfortable without it!
Its a shame really - because, in theory, I understand that acupressure can work well. I know when I was in New Zealand and was going whale watching for a few hours, the Maori sailors swore by accupressure and showed us all how to press on various points of our body should we start to feel unwell. I didn't feel unwell on this occasion and so couldn't try it out - but others that I was with did and were very surprised at its effectiveness. For this reason, I have to conclude, that it must be the design of the Acustrap Motion Sickness Band itself, rather than the theory surrounding putting pressure on the Nei-Kuan acupressure point.
Overall, I really cannot recommend this product. It doesn't seem to do any harm....but then again, it doesn't really seem to do anything other than make your wrist a bit sweaty. If you are going to try it then I highly suggest that you take some sort of back up in the form of pills!
I have had problems with sea sickness on and off and when I was going on a boat trip I needed to be sure I could handle it ok. I got a motion sickness band because I had read that they can help a lot with this kind of thing.
The one I had was an acustrap it was made from plastic polyresin and nylon with velcro. I had to try to get it fitted to put the right bit on my pressure point to make me feel less sick when I wore it and I think that was difficult.
It was a bit of a struggle to get it in the right place and it slipped about if I left it with a bit of play. It had to go on firm and fit tight to my skin. It rubbed me when it was on tighter and that was not comfortable.
I couldn't get used to it and I had to try it at home for a while before wearing it at the time when I needed it to work for me. I did take a travel sickness pill on the same trip and I think the anti sickness pill did most of the work.
My accustrap had the brand logo on the top and a small plus sign. The colour was black and it could be slipped under my sleeves to keep it out of peoples view when I wore it. I think it was not too big and didn't look bad.
I think the velcro on the straps is too stiff and I didn't get on well with it. I would scratch at it and it rubbed even after I wore it a number of times.
I think its hard to get the pressure point bit placed on the right bit of your wrist because the info does not tell you where that is. Whats the point of having a band to do that if the instructions are not great.
I had to fiddle about with it a lot to make it feel like it was working. I did wear it for a while but in the end I found I couldn't stand it. I think it would have been better if it was made from a less rough material that didn't rub.
The acustraps like mine cost £4 plus and I think they are a bit hit and miss and not worth paying much for.
The idea was good but the strap let me down because it rubbed. I would not buy another one unless it was made from softer material and don't want to recommend it as it is.
I have always suffered from severe travel sickness for as long as I can remember and travel sickness pills offer me some relief but not enough to make the journey an enjoyable experience. Strangely I only really suffer from it on buses and the backs of cars and I am fine on boats, trains and planes.
It can make things really awkward and forward planning is always needed when it comes to planning a journey anywhere.
I am always on the lookout for anything that I think might help and that is how I came across the Acustrap which promises to help with motion sickness by using acupressure points to control the nausea.
The band itself is a nylon strap that you attach to your wrist by way of the Velcro on the strap. Once on it is a little itchy but I soon forgot I was wearing it and I don't think it would pose a major problem for anyone.
How it works is by a small button that places gentle pressure on your wrist in what is hopefully the right spot. Here is where the problem lies for me with the Acustrap, it doesn't actually tell you anywhere how to correctly place the strap to align it in the correct position so I was left to just guess and hope I got it right.
I originally bought it not for travel sickness but because I was going to Blackpool for a weekend with friends and I knew that more than one go on a ride would cause me to vomit and I would need to go back to the hotel to lie down.
I was a little apprehensive and normally I would have had some sickness pills but I didn't want to feel drowsy so I was relying solely on the Acustrap.
On the first ride which was the one that takes you up in the air and then drops you at high speed I was absolutely fine and I didn't even have a slicker of nausea so I was feeling a little more confident when I got on the second ride and was sure I had found something that was going to revolutionise my life.
Once I got off the rollercoaster I felt a little dizzy but I assured myself that was to be expected and we queued up for the next one. This third one was where my body told me it had reached its limit and once I got off I vomited everywhere. I'm just relieved that I actually made it off the ride as I am not sure my friends would have forgiven me if I had been sick on them.
I was bitterly disappointed as I really had thought it was working until this point. The only thing that didn't ruin my weekend was that unlike most other times I get motion sickness once I had vomited I felt a little better and didn't need to lie down so I think maybe the Acustrap calmed the nausea a little but I'm not sure if this was just a placebo effect or not.
I do still use the Acustrap in combination with pills but I'm not sure it actually does anything or not and if it does then it is only really subtle. Maybe I am positioning the strap wrong and if I ever find out the correct placement then it might work better as I do believe in acupuncture and its health benefits.
The Acutstrap only cost me £2.99 so it is maybe worth trying it out to see if it works better on you.
I am one of those people who suffer badly from travel sickness. However, since discovering Acustrap motion sickness bands this has become a thing of the past and a whole new world, literally, has opened up to me.
Car, boats and planes all made me feel sick with boats and planes being the worst offenders. To go anywhere by plane I usually took lots of travel pills but these always knocked me out, not only for the whole journey but most of the next day as well. My other half was getting fed up having no-one to talk to throughout the journey and he decided to look around for an alternative. Firstly he bought me a pair of travel wrist bands. They were made of a knitted elastic with a rounded plastic button on the inside of each band. They worked by placing one band on each wrist with the button positioned on your Nei-Kuan-Point. If like, me you haven't a clue what your Nei-Kuan-Point is, this is an acupuncture point that prevents nausea. To find yours, place your middle three fingers on the underside of each wrist (almost as if you were looking for your pulse) with the edge of your ring finger next to the first wrist crease. Your Nei-Kuan-Point should be located under your index finger. You should be able to feel a gap between the two central tendons of your wrist. This gap is where you position the rounded button on each wrist. These type of bands helped me a lot and were definitely better than pills. However, over time I found that the elastic became stretched and the bands were not so effective as the buttons were not being held tightly in place. This lead me to look for an alternative and I found Acustraps on the internet.
These work in much the same was as the elastic bands. By that I mean that you still have a rounded button incorporated into the strap and it is position in the same place on your wrist. The main difference is that instead of an elastic band that you slip over your wrist these are straps that are held in place with velcro. The advantage is that they do not stretch with continued use and you can adjust them to fit your size of wrist. I found this great when I put on weight and subsequently lost it again. The bands fitted no matter what size my wrists were. Although they are comfortable to wear they are slightly rougher to the touch than the elastic bands. However, this would not stop me wearing them as there are no drugs involved, as there are with travel pills. They are suitable for everyone including children. In fact, pregnant women can also use them for morning sickness. I have heard it claimed that they work on motion sickness caused by riding on a camel or an elephant, but having tried neither mode of transport, I can neither confirm or deny their effectiveness. I leave that to someone else to review!
Although you can put the Acustraps on at any time, I have found that it is better to put them just before you commence your journey. If you wait until you start to feel even slightly nauseous they are definitely not so effective. I have come to depend on them whenever I travel and even carry a spare pair in case I loose one. The thought of a long haul flight used to fill me with dread but not anymore. The world really has opened up to me in a way I could only have dreamt about before.
They are currently only £3.45 on Amazon.co.uk which is a small price to pay for the freedom they have brought me.