Product Type: The Sea-Band in Health Therapies / Treatments
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I still feel sick!!!
Member Name: sandemp
Advantages: Drug free nausea relief
Disadvantages: They don't work
For the not so bargain price of £5.83 (on Amazon) you get a pair of pale blue knitted wristbands, adorned with a white plastic button and housed in a transparent plastic case along with a small instruction leaflet. The bands themselves appear very small, being about 2cm wide and maybe 5cm in diameter, but the material they are made from is very stretchy. This material is ribbed and feels very much like those sweat bands we thought were all the rage back in the 80s. They do stretch easily over my hands and then can be positioned three finger widths from where my palm meets my wrist, placing the hard button centrally on my inner wrist (as per the instructions). From what I can gather, when thus positioned, the buttons will exert pressure on particular acupressure points leading to a reduction or perhaps complete elimination of nausea. If a particularly powerful nauseous wave hits then extra pressure can be placed on the buttons, which *should* hopefully intensify the nausea relieving effects.
For those of you can't be bothered to read any further and just want to know if Sea Bands are the miracle cure for hyperemesis, the answer is a most definite no. Let me elaborate, I've been wearing the bands almost constantly for over a month now, and during that time have still continued to vomit at the same level, including an overnight visit to hospital for fluids and IV anti-sickness medication. I find that the bands are slightly tight on my wrists and that they prevent the fluid draining from my hands, meaning my fingers are always slightly swollen (remember one of the conditions they suggest these for pregnancy, when fluid retention is virtually a given). When I remove the bands to allow this fluid to disperse, there is always an indent all the way around my wrist and an actual round dent where the button was placed and it takes a good ten minutes for my wrists to recover. As I need to wear the bands almost constantly they also get very grubby, although I must say they hand wash quite well and dry reasonably fast. If these bands were helping in the slightest then surely I would feel far worse during those times when they are removed, but to be honest I don't. There really is no difference for me, whether I'm wearing them or not.
While these bands may be helpful in cases of mild nausea, for me personally they have no effect whatsoever. I really cannot recommend them at all and indeed am sat here wondering why I'm still wearing them as they certainly didn't do anything to prevent or ease my regular vomit this morning or last night's. I think I only keep them on just in case things get even worse without them and so that I feel I haven't been a complete sucker by wasting my money on them. So I'm giving Sea Bands a solitary one star out of five, because for me they simply do not work.
Summary: I wish these worked, but they don't