Can Battlefield Acupuncture Improve Colonoscopy Experience?

Academic Article


  • © Copyright 2018, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers 2018. Background: Currently, patients undergoing colonoscopy receive sedation, but pain management with acupuncture could be a safer alternative. Cases: This article describes 3 cases for which Battlefield Acupuncture was applied during colonoscopy to avoid using opioids for sedation. One case was a patient with a life-threating morphine allergy, and 2 other cases avoided sedation completely. Results: Pain was reduced in all 3 cases to allow completion of colonoscopies without sedation. In Case 2, the patient also gained relief of preexisting mild joint pain. Conclusions: More data are needed, so potentially more patients can indeed avoid morphine/benzodiazepam-based sedation by use of acupuncture to make colonoscopies safer and more pleasant.
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  • Abdelfatah MM; Beacham MC; Freedman M; Tillmann HL
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  • 279
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  • 281
  • Volume

  • 30
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  • 5