Preoperative intradermal acupuncture reduces postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, analgesic requirement, and sympathoadrenal responses.

@article{Kotani2001PreoperativeIA,
  title={Preoperative intradermal acupuncture reduces postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, analgesic requirement, and sympathoadrenal responses.},
  author={N. Kotani and Hiroshi Hashimoto and Yuichi Sato and Daniel I Sessler and Hitoshi Yoshioka and Masato Kitayama and Tsunehiro Yasuda and Akitomo Matsuki},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={95 2},
  pages={349-56}
}
BACKGROUND In a controlled and double-blind study, the authors tested the hypothesis that preoperative insertion of intradermal needles at acupoints 2.5 cm from the spinal vertebrae (bladder meridian) provide satisfactory postoperative analgesia. METHODS The authors enrolled patients scheduled for elective upper and lower abdominal surgery. Before anesthesia, patients undergoing each type of surgery were randomly assigned to one of two groups: acupuncture (n = 50 and n = 39 for upper and… CONTINUE READING
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