Acupuncture For Post-Surgery Recovery

The best way to explain the use of acu­punc­ture for post-sur­gery recov­ery is to give you a prac­tic­al example of how I have used Japanese acu­punc­ture for this con­di­tion. So I will dis­cuss one of the acu­punc­ture treat­ments I have done in the last 12 months.

The gen­tle­man under­go­ing the acu­punc­ture treat­ment was in his late six­ties. He had under­gone open heart sur­gery. For those who are not aware, that means in this case that the manubri­um (sternum) is cut down the middle and the chest cav­ity is actu­ally opened up and then, after sur­gery, closed back down again and the patient is sewn up.

This gentleman’s fam­ily were very, very anxious because he was in an incred­ible amount of pain and he was unable to sleep. I think he came to see me some ten days after sur­gery, so the scar was very fresh. The pain killers were not mak­ing any inroads into the level of pain he was exper­i­en­cing. So he was suf­fer­ing and his recov­ery was suf­fer­ing because of his inab­il­ity to get qual­ity rest.

japanese acupunctureI am very happy to say that after two acu­punc­ture treat­ments, this gentleman’s pain level had sub­sided demon­strably and he was able then to get some good qual­ity rest and sleep. I think I saw him five times for his post-sur­gery recov­ery. I would have to say that he recovered extremely well, and rap­idly, from the sur­gery.

He came back into the sur­gery some six months later – he had hurt his lower back when he was up on the roof renew­ing the gut­ter­ing. I was think­ing, at the time, that this was an out­stand­ing example of suc­cess­ful sur­gery fol­lowed by suc­cess­ful post-sur­gery recov­ery with Japanese acu­punc­ture.

This example high­lights the value of acu­punc­ture for post-sur­gery recov­ery – it reduces pain, enables rest and sleep and, in the pro­cess, speeds up the heal­ing and recov­ery pro­cess.

See Alan Jansson dis­cuss this issue on video.

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