In February 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of codeine as a pain-reliever for children after tonsillectomies. Doctors were forced to look for a safer alternative, and have looked to the ancient art of acupuncture to provide an viable substitute.
A recent study, conducted by Dr. James Ochi, used acupuncture for a test group of tonsillectomy patients, and the results were impressive. Dr. Ochi, a San Diego pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon of some 20 years experience, used acupuncture on a total of 31 of his patients, in the age range 2 to 17 years old. Prior to treatment, the patients reported an average pain level of 5.52 out of 10, but after 15 minutes of acupuncture, this level had dropped to just 1.92.