Although no significant differences in the amount of opioid medications administered or total post-anesthesia care time was found between the placebo and study cohorts, home surveys of patients (but not of parents) revealed significant improvements in pain control as well as earlier improvement in oral intake in the acupuncture treatment group.
In the 2015 paper, the acupuncture points used are shown in the diagram below.
|Image taken from Research Paper|
The 2013 research paper used different acupuncture points shown in the following diagram:
|Image taken from the Research Paper|
For full disclosure, I personally have no experience in providing acupuncture and I would suggest taking these research findings to a reputable and licensed acupuncturist to get this done in those who are interested.
Intraoperative acupuncture for posttonsillectomy pain: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Laryngoscope. 2015 Apr 7. doi: 10.1002/lary.25252. [Epub ahead of print]
Acupuncture instead of codeine for tonsillectomy pain in children. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Volume 77, Issue 12 , Pages 2058-2062, December 2013