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Having Surgery? - Acupuncture Shown to be Effective for Postop Pain Relief

If you are facing an upcoming surgery whether it’s a minimal outpatient procedure or a more extensive surgery, you may want to incorporate acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as part of your postoperative care.

In a recent study done at Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers used acupuncture in postpositive patients. The study shows that when acupuncture was used it increased the effectiveness of morphine as well as accelerated bowel recovery and lower post op pain.

We also know that acupuncture has long been a safe and effective therapy for treating inflammatory. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation in the body by affecting the body’s cytokines, which are proteins secreted by the immune system that influence the way cells interact. Certain cytokines promote an inflammatory response, and acupuncture has been shown to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. Acupuncture also helps stimulate the release of natural pain killers of the body, or endorphins, to further reduce pain levels. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, inflammation and pain occur when blood and qi, or life energy, gets obstructed and the body is unable to heal. Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture can help to free up the flow of blood and energy, thus allowing the body to heal while reducing pain and inflammation.

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