Acupuncture Reduces Post-Surgical Pain

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After reviewing 15 controlled studies, researchers at Duke University concluded that acupuncture is beneficial for pain relief from surgery. 

The study found that patients who received acupuncture before or during surgical procedures experienced substantial benefits compared to the control groups.  These included:

·         Less pain

·         A smaller amount of pain medication required

·         Fewer side effects from medication, such as nausea and dizziness

You can read the full article at Reuters.  A similar study found that massage may also help with post-surgical pain.

I treat patients in the weeks and days before surgery, as well as afterwards.  I find that, in addition to pain relief, acupuncture treatments help to reduce anxiety prior to surgery and boost energy levels after.

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