24. September 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Anaesthetic

Acupuncture can accelerate recovery of consciousness after general anaesthetic, according to a study from Italy. Fifty patients recovering from surgical anesthesia received acupuncture at a variety of point combinations: Yongquan KID-1 alone, Renzhong DU-26 alone, Yongquan KID-1 plus Renzhong DU-26, two sham points, or no acupuncture. Signs of recovery (time to first opening of eyes, ability to follow commands) appeared faster in patients who received verum acupuncture compared with those in sham and no-treatment groups. The best effects were obtained when using a combination of Renzhong DU-26 and Yongquan KID-1. (Acupuncture accelerates recovery after general anesthesia: a prospective randomized controlled trial. J Integr Med. 2015 Mar;13(2):99-104).