PSI Bands

PSI Bands on Shark Tank

Acupressure Wrist Bands - Season 4 Episode 420 - 3-1-2013

 The ancient art of acupressure is coming to the Shark Tank Psi Bands wrist band. Romy Taormina the inventor of Psi Bands (pronounced sigh) is sure getting a lot of attention in the acupressure world. These Bands are designed to put pressure on what’s called your Neiguan pressure point and provide relief from nausea. You should wear a Psi Band on both wrists for the full effect, and yes they actually do work.

Psi Bands were first developed as a way to alleviate morning sickness when pregnant. Putting a controlled amount of pressure on the neiguan pressure point has been well documented in helping with this and many other nausea related symptoms including all types of motion sickness. The reviews of the acupressure bands have been so impressive, they're also used during chemotherapy with patients experiencing less nausea as a result.

When Taormina had severe morning sickness during her pregnancy, she designed a more fashionable attractive alternative. Psi Bands are arguably the most attractive acupressure bands on the market and many retailers have already taken notice and already sell this brand. A partial list of just some of the stores already carrying Psi Bands includes Toys-R-Us, Babies-R-Us, Rite Aid, Wholefoods, CVS, Walgreens, and Target stores.

With an already clearly established product available in some of the most recognizable stores in the country, this should be a very interesting round of negotiations for the Sharks. Maybe a QVC play to help further the Brands awareness? No, they've already been on QVC as early as 2008. In fact, the more I dig, the more I wonder what could the Sharks even offer this business? Maybe provide additional working capital to keep up with demand? Could be, but it seems this company's already way past that point, so there must be another reason to even consider coming to the Shark Tank and give-up part equity. Deal or No Deal, they're still obligated to give the producers of the Shark Tank a percentage of the acupressure business.

There's more to this story then meets the eye, and unfortunately, we all have to wait until this Friday Night on ABC to see how this all plays out.

PSI Bands after the Shark Tank Update:

Romy came into the Shark Tank looking for a $250k investment for a 10% stake in the acupressure business valuing it at $2.5 million. Robert Herjevic is the first to ask about sales for the last year when Taormina responds "almost a million dollars". They are already in over 6000 retail stores across the country with a gross profit margin of only 11%  (a hundred grand). She also has $600k in debt that includes past deferred salaries from years ago which instantly turns all the Sharks off.  Yes, she actually had the balls to ask the sharks to cover her past salary with their investment in the company.

They all go out except for Kevin O'Leary who is the only one to make an offer for the $250k but wants 40% of the company. Taormina instantly says no and refuses to make a counteroffer. It appears that she came in the Shark Tank and had no intentions of negotiating as she steadfastly sticks to the 10%. NO DEAL

Both Mark Cuban and Daymond John both said they Do Not TRUST HER. Very, VERY Sneaky!


  1. Anonymous8:52 AM

    I have never heard of this type of product being recommended for anything more than motion sickness.
    This certainly doesn't mean that I know everything but her claims that it works for cancer patients to me just doesn't sound right and I hope that she is exposed further for the sharlatan that she is.
    She reminds me of these MLM companies that bring their fancy card and million dollar earners to the meeting and yet every new member they sign runs at a loss, never making a dime.
    Also, great marketer but not too good on the $ and pennies side.

    1. Anonymous9:13 PM

      It is about relieving nausea in all forms. And it relieves the sickness involved with the treatment of cancer. There are bigger idiots that wear copper bracelets and magnets to relive pain which isn't FDA approved and are pure fiction.....

    2. Whoa Nelly I have met the inventor while I was working at a large cancer cinic and she genrously donated 100's of these for our patients to use. I kept careful data on the patients using them and they worked great for many people. So keep your insutls to yourself

    3. Keep up the great work!!

  2. Anonymous11:14 PM

    The sharks ripped her a part.

  3. Anonymous8:51 PM

    didn't work for my wife

  4. Anonymous12:38 PM

    It worked for me. I've used many different kinds of pressure point bands and they have all worked. My relatives have used them too and it worked for them. I get easily car sick, get sick on carnival rides, get motion sickness on boats, and suffer from vertigo....these bands have been lifesavers! These do not let you suffer from nausea and that is what she meant when she said it helps cancer keeps you from getting nauseous. Unless you suffer from these ailments then you cannot know how wonderful these bands are. I will be a lifetime user! 40 yr. old wife and mom.

  5. Anonymous12:40 PM

    The sharks were crazy for not taking this deal. These bands work great!!!

  6. Anonymous4:00 PM

    I wanted to knock Mark Cuban over the head and say stop being so skeptical! These bands work and I would be a Dramamine druggie forever if I hadn't found the acupressure bands. I can't wait to order the Psi bands instead of the Seabands.

  7. Anonymous12:22 PM

    I tried these and they didn't do me any good for motion sickness. They might work for some, but certainly not all people and the claims about use during Chemo...that's begging for the FDA to come down on them (which they should!)

  8. Anonymous6:32 PM

    It is not for me. I tried a demonstration at Sams store and they actually told me I don't need it. It could work for other people. It is all about what you believe. Not all pain medicine work the same for all.

  9. Anonymous9:49 PM

    My sister in law suffers from motion sickness. These worked for her. I also have a dear friend that went through chemo and she said this did not take her nausea away completely but it was a BIG help.

    I think just like accupuncture in works for some people, and some people it won't. I would think if you are a person who suffers from anything that makes you nausea that you would want to give these a try.

    As far as Shark Tank...I don't blame them for not wanting to partner with her given the way she presented, nor do I blame her for not accepting Kevins offer. Shes got a great product that will make her millions!

  10. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Snake oil in a bracelet. If it works, show us the evidence; otherwise it's BS.

  11. Anonymous3:52 PM

    Perhaps this works for motion sickness, but to claim it cures nausea during chemotherapy is absolutely beyond belief and definitely puts her in the class with sleaze-ball marketers. I was happy when the Shark called her out on that claim. I hope the FDA goes after her, but she is small potatoes and it's unlikely they will bother. She needs to get over herself and STOP claiming it cures all types of nausea. Motion sickness is not the same as chemical-induced nausea at all. If this actually worked for that purpose, it would be recommended on reputable cancer sites. I haven't seen mention of this on any of the cancer sites I've been using, and I think that says it all.

  12. Anonymous1:50 PM

    I'm an engineer who was skeptical about acupressure bands (SeaBands are the original ones). I thought acupressure was bunk, a-la copper bracelets and magnets. However, I've used SeaBands numerous times and they work! Psi Bands improve on SeaBands in two ways: They are waterproof and they don't lose their elasticity. For that you pay $15 for PsiBands over the $10 SeaBands.

  13. Anonymous9:44 AM

    These psi bands are a great example of the placebo effect. This woman, I should not even degrade other women by calling her one, is nothing but a greedy charlatan and it showed. How DARE she directly claim it will help those on chemotherapy without a shred of evidence. The only thing she brought to the table was her company debt of $600,000 for her personal deferred salary. I hope she goes bankrupt, no moral upstanding person would ever try to profit from defrauding cancer patients.

  14. Anonymous6:56 PM

    I have used accupressure bracelets for various types of knowledge in the past and for many nausea they work! They did not work while I was on chemo but the accupressuer bracelet does actually work for some people for some types of nausea. Go on a cruise and on bad nights at sea, you will see almost everyone in their evening attire wearing seabands. My only concern about these is sweating under the bracelet. However, on the positive side (perhaps) this particular type of anti nausaa accupressure band, does not have the sharp point sea bands have that after a few hours causes me serious discomfort forcing me to remove them. Not all eastern medicine is a sham (and I am as skeptical (or more so) with my health problems of alternative medicine claims). I have never had any luck with accupuncture of any kind but this particular form of accupressure has actually been studied by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and they use it in their Obstetrics cases and in some cases they offer it to chemo patients to give it a shot. It doesn't hurt to try and there is nothing lost, nor are you putting your body at risk by putting a strange substance in it, which may or may not mix well with current medications and is unsupervised by the FDA. I do believe that the FDA should be monitoring any claims that state that they help all people, because even known and proven medications don't work for all people all the time.

  15. Anonymous10:56 PM

    I will always get seasick on a cruise. I have been on multiple cruises and I have tried a similar product as this. In my opinion, overall, bands are the LEAST effective way and it's entirely a placebo effect. I rather stick with getting the patch from a doctor, taking a pill before a cruise, or even just eating a vitamin (ginger root) as a better alternative.

    If you don't believe me, then watch Mythbusters. They analyzed seasick bands; it's a big fat myth.

  16. Anonymous12:14 AM

    Placebo effect. Plain and simple. If you think it'll work, it works. There is no serious large-scale evidence to prove that acupressure works any more than just randomly pushing certain points on your body. The amount of weaseling she did was nauseating in itself. Mark Cuban handled her perfectly - I only wish he had gotten as brutal as he did with the "negative ion bracelet" guy.

    That said, there's another possible explanation in that it could be providing physical stimulation so much so that your brain "ignores" the nausea, but this is really only a brief, short term solution, sort of like the old trick of "stop thinking about it and it'll stop hurting" or one of my favorites, pushing your feet together really tight when you get a shot so it hurts less.

    As to people who say there's nothing to lose, take a look in your wallet after you buy one. $15 for a rubber bracelet is pretty ridiculous. Just get a cheap little 99 cent watch and put a ball bearing under the band.

  17. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Acupuncture for Nausea and Vomiting

    What is nausea? What causes it? Who suffers from it?

    Nausea is the sensation that leads a person to have the urge to vomit. Nausea may be caused by a variety of factors, including migraine headaches, allergies, excessive alcohol consumption, and food poisoning. Although most everyone feels nauseous at one time or another, the feeling is most commonly experienced by infants, young children and pregnant women. Pregnant women often suffer nausea as a symptom of morning sickness. Cancer patients sometimes experience nausea as a side effect of chemotherapy.

    The biggest concern related to vomiting is dehydration, a loss of bodily fluids. The rate at which dehydration can occur depends on several factors, including the height and weight of the person, the rate at which the person vomits, and whether or not diarrhea is also present. Whatever the cause, it is important that people who have vomited consume as much fluid as possible without further upsetting the stomach.

    What can acupuncture do for nausea and vomiting?

    To date, more than three dozen randomized controlled studies have been published showing that acupuncture point stimulation can treat or prevent nausea and vomiting.

    While most acupuncture treatments are tailored to individual patients and are highly dependent on practitioner preference points, most acupuncturists and doctors of Oriental medicine appear to prefer using the P6 or Neiguan point, which is located two cun below the distal wrist crease on a patient's lower arm. (A cun is a Chinese measurement equaling the width of the middle joint of the patient's thumb; two cun equals approximately the width of three fingers.

    Acupressure has also been employed to relieve the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, sometimes in conjunction with acupuncture, sometimes as a stand-alone therapy. Many practitioners prescribe acupressure bracelets, which apply pressure to certain points without the use of needles. And because the P6 point is easy to reach, many patients can be instructed to apply acupressure themselves to help reduce nausea.

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    ◾Knight B, Mudge C, Openshaw S, White A, Hart A. Effect of acupuncture on nausea of pregnancy: a randomized, controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol Feb 2001;97(2):184-8.
    ◾Lee A, Done ML. The use of nonpharmacologic techniques to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting: a meta-analysis. Anesth Analg Jun 1999;88(6):1362-9.
    ◾Mann E. Using acupuncture and acupressure to treat postoperative emesis. Prof Nurse Jul 1999;14(10):691-4.
    ◾Mayer DJ. Acupuncture: an evidence-based review of the clinical literature. Annu Rev Med 2000;51:49-63.
    ◾Schlager A, Offer T, Baldissera I. Laser stimulation of acupuncture point P6 reduces postoperative vomiting in children undergoing strabismus surgery. Br J Anaesth Oct 1998;81(4):529-32.
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  18. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Placebo effect.


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