There is a wonderful acupuncture research paper in the medical journal, The Laryngoscope. This journal focuses on disorders of the head and neck. The upcoming issue will include a paper titled, The effect of acupuncture on postoperative nausea and vomiting after pediatric tonsillectomy: A meta-analysis and systematic review.
This analysis looks at the effects of acupuncture on children who undergo a tonsillectomy. The paper reviewed eight different studies of the efficacy of acupuncture in reducing the most common side effect of this procedure, nausea and vomiting.
The published conclusions states:
" ...acupuncture in pediatric tonsillectomy revealed that the number of patients with PONV [post-operative nausea and vomiting] was significantly reduced with acupuncture compared to the control group."
"When acupuncture...was used to prevent PONV after pediatric tonsillectomy, the risk ratio was significantly lower compared to that of conventional drug therapy."
"Although further randomized controlled trials are needed, acupuncture...is considered an economic and effective treatment for emesis [vomiting] after pediatric tonsillectomy."
I love the two points which are touched on here: 1) acupuncture poses a lower risk than drug therapy, and 2) acupuncture is an economical alternative to drug therapy.
Acupuncture is often not thought in post-surgical cases. I am really pleased to see this information spreading to the larger medical world.