Acupuncture helps alleviate acute postoperative and chronic pain, while both acupuncture and acupressure help reduce anxiety. In a new study of anesthesia providers in the U.S., most report not having used or received any education in acupuncture or acupressure. However, the majority of those participants recognize the potential benefits of these therapies.
About 75% of providers expressed interest in acupuncture/acupressure education, revealed the study published in Medical Acupuncture, a peer-reviewed journal.
The article 'Perceptions of Acupuncture and Acupressure by Anesthesia Providers' reports that more than half of the providers in the study would consider using these alternative medicine techniques in their practice. Coauthors Amanda Faircloth, Arkadiy Dubovoy, Chuck Biddle, and John Butterworth IV, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and Diane Dodd-McCue, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Health Professions (Richmond, VA), suggest that this receptiveness presents a strong argument in favor of incorporating aspects of alternative medicine into the curriculum for anesthesia education.