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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Acupuncture during lithotripsy

    Lithotripsy is a medical procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones that form in the kidney, bladder, ureters, or gallbladder.

    Researchers at Yale School of Medicine studied if the combination of auricular and body acupuncture might reduce the need for sedation during lithotripsy.

    Here are the details.

    • More than 50 patients scheduled for elective lithotripsy procedures received either real or sham auricular acupuncture before lithotripsy plus electroacupuncture during lithotripsy.

    And the results.

    • Patients in the real acupuncture group were significantly less anxious
    • They used significantly less sedative (alfentanil, Alventa; 1 mcg/kg/min) than the sham control group (1.5 mcg/kg/min).
    • And they reported significantly lower pain scores when they got to the recovery room.

    The researchers concluded, “A combination of auricular and body acupuncture can be used as an adjunct treatment to decrease preprocedural anxiety and intraprocedural analgesia in patients undergoing lithotripsy.”

    These results are supported by earlier lithotripsy studies.

    • Acupuncture plus tramadol+midazolam (Ultracet+Versed) for pain relief
    • Acupuncture in the traditional Asian method plus conventional analgesia

    5/4/07 20:58 JR

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