During the procedure the patient remains alert communicating with the surgeon. The patient does not feel pain only pulling, tugging, etc. that may be employed in surgery.
It is unlikely that Acupuncture will replace chemical anesthesia in the US However, it is a favorable possibility for those patients unable to tolerate regular anesthesia. The applications in dentistry are extremely significant.
The first US national media coverage concerning Acupuncture was in 1971 during President Nixon's visit to China. There, visiting columnist James Reston told of his emergency appendectomy performed under Acupuncture anesthesia
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