Integrative Medicine Blog

Acupuncture Proven to Reduce Nausea and Vomiting…Again!

Christopher Reilly, L.AC Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The July 2011 issue of the Journal of Anesthesia features an article comparing acupuncture to the anti-emetic drug odansetron for reducing emetic episodes (vomiting) in women having cesarean sections. Odansetron is also known as zofran, and is a very commonly used drug to prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery.  The study followed 450 patients, and found acupuncture to be just as effective as zofran during, and following the surgery.

These findings come to no surprise to us at the Center.  We often use acupuncture to successfully reduce nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy and during chemotherapy.  There is now a consistent record in modern medical literature to support this important use of acupuncture.

In a December 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), we saw that acupuncture used with drug therapy was three times as effective as drug therapy alone to reduce nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.  In a October 2001 issue of the Journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, researchers at Duke University Medical Center also found acupuncture to be as effective as zofran for post-operative vomiting, with the added benefit of providing pain relief.

What a great sense of satisfaction and purpose it gives to see modern clinical research validating ancient wisdom!  The more studies are released on acupuncture, the greater it’s acceptance and use becomes.