How can acupuncture help cope with the surgical process?

Acupuncture is a technique of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of very fine needles in specific areas of the body for therapeutic purposes. Its practice goes back several thousand years and in the last decades the World Health Organization recognizes it as theraphy for the cure of different pathological conditions. In countries of the European community it enters into the health protocols for the tratment of osteoarticular pain.

Acupuncture can be very useful for:

Reduce operative stress
Prevent and treat nausea and vomiting
Decrease the need for analgesia
Accelerate recovery

It is indicated for any type of intervention, with the purpose of re-balancing the patient’s metabolic state.

It is useful in case of orthopedic and traumatological surgery to relieve preoperative and postoperative pain. It is also useful in abdominal surgery to reduce postoperative functional disorders, in thyroidectomies and paradyroidectomy to prepare the patients and in head and neck surgery to reduce the side effects of the surgical act. In some patients it can help to enhance the fertility of the woman, being useful as a coadjuvant treatment to in vitro fertilization techniques and to accompany the woman to the birth.