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Acupuncture may reduce nausea and vomiting postoperative

Updated: Sunday, Apr 19,2009, 12:06:13 PM
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The most frequently expressed concern of patients before surgery is not the death an accident or surgery. This is post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV), and 25 to 40 percent of surgical patients are at risk. Defined as any episode of nausea, high-heart-on or vomiting within 24 hours following the transaction.

In several recent studies, acupuncture has been proven to reduce PONV symptoms. An attempt was made in 2004 to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture in 220 women undergoing gynecological or breast surgery. Patients who received acupuncture showed a significant decrease in the incidence of PONV. Another study conducted by Duke University Medical Center breast surgery patients positive results in the use of acupuncture to prevent the events of post-operative nausea and vomiting. He also indicated that acupuncture increase patient satisfaction post-op.

According to this study, 70 percent of women who undergo major breast surgery requiring general anesthesia experience PONV in breast surgery are the main cause for nausea and vomiting after surgery. However, 77 percent of women who were treated with acupuncture had not suffered PONV, nor did they need drugs (anti-vomiting). Women who received acupoints stimulation also had less post-surgical pain.

Acupuncture has been cited by the World Organization for over 43 to deal effectively with the situation by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic fluid, reduce muscle tension and relieve pain by releasing endorphins. By keeping the body balanced, acupuncture can both restore and maintain health

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