By Chen SC; Lu SN; Lai CT; Jean JY; Hsiao CL; Hsu PT.
Aqueous acupuncture for postoperative pain--a matched controlled trial.
Kao-Hsiung i Hsueh Ko Hsueh Tsa Chih Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences,
1991 Sep, 7(9):466-70.
Pub type: Clinical Trial; Journal Article.
Abstract: The analgesic effects of acupuncture are well-documented. Aqueous
acupuncture, or point injection, is a conveniently modified modern
acupuncture method. This matched controlled trial was carried out to
evaluate the effects of aqueous acupuncture in postoperative pain control.
A total of 12 patients were selected as age-, sex- and
operative-style-matched controls. In treating group, 2 to 5 ml of 20%
glucose solution was injected into Ho-Ku (LI 4) and Yang-Ling-Chuan (GB 34)
when patients had regained consciousness from operation anesthesia. The pain
intensity were recorded as score system included verbal, sleep disturbance
and use of narcotics.
In comparisons with the control group, the intensity
of postoperative pain, and the amounts and frequency of narcotics used were
significantly lower in the study group, especially for the first 12
postoperative hours. Aqueous acupuncture is a convenient and effective
procedure in postoperative pain control.