Did you know that if you are facing a surgical procedure in the near future, acupuncture can be of great benefit for pre and post-operartive care.
Having a surgical procedure can be a stressful and emotional
event that brings up feelings of fear and anxiety. For most it is just
the fear of the unknown and being "put under" with anesthesia. Others
wonder about the process of recovery and rehabilitation and the effect
that the procedure is going to have on their lives.
evidence has shown acupuncture indirectly stimulates the Central Nervous
System (CNS) which encompasses the brain,spinal chord and related
nerves. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body, it
triggers a cascading affect of neurotransmitters in the brain. Among
these are the body's own natural opiates called endorphins.
Endorphins act as natural pain killers in the body. Various MRI scans
have shown acupuncture to change brain chemistry in a way that is
related to sensation and involuntary functions such as the endocrine
system, circulation of blood, lymph, fluids. Interestingly, acupunctures
affect on circulation actually helps the body deliver medications more
effectively as well as helps the body rid itself of past drugs and
Perioperative acupuncture and related techniques are
increasingly being sought out and practiced in conventional medical
settings for use as preoperative sedation and as a way to reduce the amount of pain medications and to decrease postoperative pain.
to acupuncture's physiological and psychological effects on the body,
it can be used to greatly reduce preoperative stress and anxiety and to
trigger the release of the body's own natural opiates (endorphins) to
enhance analgesia. With the release of endorphins, patients experience
deep states of relaxation, calm and drowsiness. By reducing the need for
strong anesthetics or opioids, the duration of recovery is enhanced and
there is less nausea and vomiting after surgery. It is important to
note that acupuncture does not provide a true anesthesia in any way.
Rather, acupuncture produces analgesia and a sedation like effect.
Postoperative Pain Control and PONV
and related techniques have been found to be effective in pain control,
enhancing and also reducing pain medication. And as noted above, one of
the most common uses of and most investigated uses of acupuncture is
its application for postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). PONV can
complicate and delay recovery time from surgery. Often, when opioids are
administered, the bowel function is often impaired and the patient has a
difficult time passing stool. Acupuncture normalizes the peristaltic
rhythm of the bowel and restores harmony.
acupuncture is useful in restoring balance and enhancing the body's
immune system. After the invasive procedure, the immune system and the
gut are weakened and leaves the body vulnerable to infection and other
issues. It is well known that acupuncture and moxibustion accelerates
the healing process by enhancing immune function, the production of
blood compliments and the increase in circulation of blood, lymph and
body fluids. It also restores harmony to the gastrointestinal tract as
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