Acupuncture can significantly reduce surgical patients’ post-operative pain, and their need for powerful opioids to treat pain, according to new research from Duke University Medical Center that was published in October, 2007.
Anesthesiologists from Duke University combed over data from over 15 randomized clinical trials from China, the United Stated and the United Kingdom to reach their conclusion. The results showed that an acupuncture treatment before surgery followed by acupuncture treatments after the surgery significantly reduced levels of postoperative pain as well as the use of painkillers after surgery.
“The most important outcome for the patient is the reduction of the side effects associated with opioids,” said T.J. Gan, M.D., the Duke anesthesiologist who presented the study at the annual scientific conference of the American Society for Anesthesiology in San Francisco in October 2007.
More research, presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists' meeting in 2005 showed that acupuncture reduced rates of postoperative nausea by 32%, pruritus by 25%, dizziness by 38%, and urinary retention by 71% compared with control groups
Acupuncture is excellent for post-surgical side effects including:
- Pruritis (itch or a sensation that makes a person want to scratch)
- Avoiding Surgery with Acupuncture