What Are the Benefits of Pre and Postoperative Acupuncture?
17 Aug 2015
Before acupuncture achieved mainstream popularity in Western culture, it was commonly preferred in China for anesthesia prior to surgery in the ancient times. Even today, many doctors state that it can be highly beneficial when administered before and after an operation.
Surgical procedures are significant medical events that produce physical as well as emotional effects, irrespective of how small they might be. There are plenty of benefits one can reap by getting pre and postoperative acupuncture. Some of the major benefits are as follows:
Calms Down and Prepares The Body for Surgery
For those who have a tendency to get nervous before having surgery, acupuncture is a blessing in disguise. Scheduling an appointment just a week before the surgery can help a lot to calm the nerves and promote better sleep conditions. Some acupuncturists also provide herbal seeds known as Vaccaria after the treatment, which can be placed on acupuncture points in the ear for getting a sustained effect.
Strengthens The Immune System
It is extremely vital to maintain proper health conditions before a surgery. Acupuncture helps to stay healthy by strengthening the immune system. It also decreases the patient’s chances of becoming ill after surgery, when he or she has to stay in hospital for sometime with sick people all around.
Decreases Side Effects and Postoperative Pain
Acupuncture sessions after surgery can significantly decrease the risk of side-effects such as nausea, itching and vomiting. Many people also use it as an effective therapy to get relief from postoperative pain in Northern Beaches. With acupuncture reverting back to regular life quickly becomes possible.
Reduces Surgical Scars and Internal Scarring
According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture can help to reduce scars by reconnecting meridians that might have been cut during surgery, and restore sensation in the affected parts. Once the surgical scars begin to heal, an acupuncturist can perform moxibustion directly on the areas. This method works with old as well as new scars. Besides that, it can also be used for internal scarring. By loosening the tissue of internal scars, it can decrease pain and improve mobility.
Helps to Recover Faster
Sleep and rest are very important to ensure faster recovery after any surgery. Self-administration of acupressure at some specific acupuncture points prescribed by a practitioner can help tremendously in making the patient feel relaxed and sleep better. This must be complemented with adequate self-care strategies to further speed up the recovery.
So, if you are planning to undergo an operation, get in touch with Robert at Northside Acupuncture for acupuncture sessions.