To date, acupuncture and related interventions appear to serve as alternative and adjunctive treatment for various acute and chronic pain conditions. Since the release of NIH consensus, many high-quality scientifically valid clinical studies have been conducted examining this technique for a variety of pain syndromes. However, due to variations in the study designs and the duration of treatment and follow-up periods, available data do not support the long-term use or efficacy of acupuncture analgesia. The use of acupuncture and its timing in relation to anesthesia, duration of treatment, and frequency of acupuncture-related stimulation also play a significant role in the effectiveness of this modality. With the development of placebo needle techniques and the advancement of study design combined with imagining techniques, the effectiveness and the optimal timing for acupuncture in the perioperative period will be elucidated.
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