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A Meta-analysis done by researchers at Duke have found that using Acupuncture before and during surgery greatly reduces side effects of opioids taken post-surgery, as well as common recovery markers.

Patients who received acupuncture had significantly lower risk of developing most common side effects associated with opioid drugs compared with control: 1.5 times lower rates of nausea, 1.3 times fewer incidences of severe itching, 1.6 times fewer reports of dizziness and 3.5 times fewer cases of urinary retention.

Duke University Study: Link

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