Stanford University doctors conclude that acupuncture during surgery reduces pain. Research published in The Laryngoscope finds acupuncture effective for reducing pain and improving restoration of a normal diet postoperatively when acupuncture is applied during surgery. Doctors from the Stanford University School of Medicine conclude that acupuncture is “feasible, well tolerated, and results in improved pain and earlier return of diet postoperatively.”
Reference: Tsao, Gabriel J., Anna H. Messner, Jeannie Seybold, Zahra N. Sayyid, Alan G. Cheng, and Brenda Golianu. “Intraoperative acupuncture for posttonsillectomy pain: A randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled trial.” The Laryngoscope (2015).