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Is acupuncture possible on the stomach after a gastric band has been fitted?

We can think of no reason why someone should not have acupuncture treatment when they have a gastric band fitted. The devices are generally made of silicon, and so there are no cautions about the use of electro-acupuncture as there are with some devices. The band also does not displace the stomach and make a penetration wound more likely, so there are no points which one might need to avoid.
We are confident that acupuncture treatment would be safe, and also that it might even help you to deal with the changes which the band will induce in your system. The essence of Chinese medicine theory is that it helps to restore and maintain a balance in the energy of the body, and as your body weight starts to drop, and with it the functions of your organs change, there is every reason to believe that acupuncture treatment may be of benefit in ensuring that the change in your internal balance is controlled and comfortable.
There is, of course, no research into the use of acupuncture for this kind of intervention, but the 2000-year old tradition of Chinese medicine is founded on an underlying premise of helping the body and mind to deal with changes in their condition through life and through the changing of the year, so this would be a reasonable backdrop against which to have treatment.

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