Acupuncture To Treat Postoperative Sore Throats?

Acupuncture To Treat Postoperative Sore Throats?

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A study reported in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine has looked at whether acupuncture can help in easing the sore throats most patients experience after an operation – due to the use of intubation.

The researchers from the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, AJA University of Medical Sciences, the Development Association of Clinical Studies (DACS), Student Scientific Research Center, the Department of Surgery, Shariati Hospital in Tehran, and the Shahid Beheshti Hospital, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan,  Iran A non-randomised clinical study (NRS) was carried out in a tertiary care hospital in Tehran, Iran tested their hypothesis on 228 patients undergoing elective surgeries under general anaesthesia.

Half were treated with body acupuncture at the PC6 point, and half received no preventive care and were treated with routine medical treatment where necessary.

Their results showed that almost 30% of the patients in the non-acupuncture group experienced a sore throat within 24 hours of their operations, whilst only 14% of the acupuncture group experienced one.

http://aim.bmj.com/content/early/2013/05/09/acupmed-2012-010249.short?g=w_aim_ahead_tab

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