Acupuncture before or after surgery

To seek acupuncture treatment to ready yourself for an impending operation is a good decision! First of all you might feel nervous about the surgery, you could be in pain or you might have disrupted digestion due to taking medication for a long time. You might simply feel that your immune has been compromised and don’t want to end up coming out of anesthesia with a cold.

If there is no opportunity to plan a couple of sessions before you go into hospital, make sure, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines is on your list of things to do upon being discharged from the medial facility. Postoperative care is the care you receive after a surgical procedure or an operation. The type of care you need depends on the type of surgery you have, as well as your health history. Bear in mind, that acupuncture is a natural modality for pain management. 

Why should I get acupuncture before and after my operation?

  • It will calm – if you look at your body as a network of highways, roads, streets, and smaller alleyways any disruption of the system will cause a traffic jam. Acupuncture has the ability to free up those roads and make things move again. A smoothly operating system will give you a sense of calm and conscientiousness. This will help you to reason.
  • It will help you recover faster – acupuncture can help you with post operative pain. If you have less pain, there is no need for an excessive amount of medication and movement is established earlier which will improve blood flow. Remember, the traffic jam? Having a smooth flow will get you back on your feet quicker.
  • It will boost your immune system – how does acupuncture achieves this? Let’s consider the Chinese medicine point of view when it comes to describing the immune system: We call it wei qi and it’s the first layer of defense. Chapter 18 of the Ling Shu states: “Man’s qi is retrieved from grain (gu). Grain enters the stomach and (the refined part) is sent to the lung (on its way to) the five zang and six fu, so they can all receive their portion of qi. The clear (qing) part is ying qi, the turbid (zhuo) is wei qi.” By accessing acupuncture points that are directly related to the organs producing wei qi and by re-establishing the exterior (wei qi flows on the surface of the body, like a protective layer).
  • It will help with scarring – we mostly treat external scars with indirect moxibustion. Moxa (Mugwort) cones are placed on various areas of the body and ignited. Whilst it’s burning (without burning or scaring the skin), the warmth will dispel cold, activate the channels and invigorate the blood flow. This results in faster healing of the scarred tissue. We might also use Chinese herbal formulas aiming at resolving internal scarring. The particular herbs for this formula have been used for over 2,500 years.
  • It will help with pain – if you recall the picture of the network of roads and streets with a traffic jam, then you can imagine that those situation cause pain as well. “Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain.” (source). If you ever had acupuncture for a painful condition – unless there is significant structural damage – you will have experienced the effect of pain relief. What better time to receive acupuncture after your surgical procedure?

To talk about the benefits for acupuncture as pre- or post-operative care, call us on (03) 5956 7011 and talk to one of our registered Chinese medicine practitioners.

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