Biobands, Gate-Control, & Neigun
It is interesting what items find new homes, and what is left behind. I noticed a box with the word BioBand, remained in the “first aid” section of my yard sale. My Mom probably gave me this as a gift at some point. The other items that had been next to it, instant hot and cold packs, unopened bottles of tequila & triple sec, were some of the first to go at 8am on Sunday morn.
A small bead embedded in the adjustable band began to apply pressure on the Chinese meridian point P6 (Neiguan also Nei Kuan).
Even though the yard sale was done, I still had to clean and get my house back in order. And after putting the BioBand on I immediately felt a sense of ease. My nerves felt soothed, and I felt supported as a sweet second wind of energy.
The manufacturer says to use for relief from nausea causing conditions like car, plain, train & boat travel, morning sickness, post surgery, chemotherapy, and amusement park rides.
Now I regularly put my BioBand on in any stressful situation, and before I travel to help manage the stress of preparing for a trip, finishing work projects, and packing.
Gate-Control Theory, may explain how the Biobands work, from a Western Science perspective. Researchers Patrick Wall and Ronald Melzack discovered the phenomenon in 1965 when they concluded that, if there are more neurological signals coming from the small-diameter fibers, the brain reacts by feeling pain. And if there are more signals from large-diameter fibers, then the pain is not felt. The reason is that these signals will arrive first, effectively “closing the gate” and overriding the slower pain signals to the brain. This is why it is good, after an impact to immediately rub or apply pressure to the injured area, and why a child cries in pain until they are held.
This same principle applies to the different signals that cause nausea and stress. The neurological signals that trigger physical symptoms will travel to the brain through slower small-diameter nerve fibers. The BioBand creates a pressure signal that travels through faster large-diameter nerve fibers in the median nerve to the brain interrupting the signals that would trigger queasiness.