Last month I had the opportunity to test a new, anti-nausea product called Psi Bands.

I first learned about the product while watching one of my favorite TV shows, Shark Tank.  The products creator, Romy Taormina, was a featured entrepreneur on an episode.  If I recall, the “Sharks”–millionaire business moguls that sometimes invest in new ideas–passed on partnering with Romy.

Undaunted, Romy continued to improve and promote her product: colorful plastic wrist bands, designed to use wrist acupressure to alleviate nausea.

PSI BANDSPsi bands are available in a number of fun colors.  They are drug-free and cleared by the FDA for relief of morning and motion sickness, chemotherapy and anesthesia.

I’m writing this on a plane as we circle to land in Atlanta.  The charming young lady sitting next to me, Aino, is from Kuopio, Finland.  A Eckerd College student in St. Pete, Florida, Aino was on her way home for a week-long visit.  She noticed the Psi packaging as I began to write.  When I explained what they are and how Psi Bands are used, Aino (pronounced ‘I know‘) showed me how she massages her wrists whenever she feels motion sickness coming on.

Aino was excited to learn there is a product based on the concept, adding that this technique is commonly used in Europe.

I tried the bands on a recent trip to Arizona.  I tend to get car sit when I’m not driving.  I wore a band on each wrist while we traveled the twisty roller coaster like two lane highway from Prescott to Sedona over the mountains.

They may have helped.  I put them on part way through my journey after I was already feeling queasy.  My guess is they should be worn from the start; it’s always easier to stay ahead of nausea than try to get a handle on it once it takes hold.  Anti-nausea drugs work that way.  It’s likely that the bands would work better that way, too.

My friend, Michele, used them the rest of the trip.  She said, “I think they helped.”  But it’s hard to quantify that sort of thing.  If I were to transplant again, or start a chemotherapy regimen where nausea is an issue, I would certainly give them a try.

Here’s the link to the company’s website:

My plan is to start carrying them in, but I have plans to do a lot of things!  Just not enough time in the day.  So you may not want to wait; go ahead and order from Psi’s site direct.

Can you recommend any other products that might help fellow cancer patients?  Email me: [email protected] and let me know

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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