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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Overview)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the surface of the skin.


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How is acupuncture?

How is acupuncture?

I would say that : > 90% of the patient's i treat with acupuncture rave about it. However, acupuncture needs to be used for issues where it is indicated. It doesn't treat all conditions. Sometimes it is best as an adjunct with standard medical treatment. Western and eastern medicine can often fit hand in hand with excellent results. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
823 doctors shared insights

Acupuncture (Overview)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the surface of the skin.


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What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?

A/W Dr. Southard: Acupuncture uses needles (and other treatments) to balance qi ( life energy) & to correct obstructions in blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction & movement of Qi to treat many different health conditions. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: According to world health organization acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture hurt?

Can acupuncture hurt?

Not usually: Often times insertions are not felt by the person receiving acupuncture. When felt it may feel like a tiny prick as it enters the skin - however using the "push the finger" technique will usually prevent that. There are a few acupuncture points which are painful to needle but there are alternative sites for most of those. Most needles have a tiny diameter. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture a sham?

Is acupuncture a sham?

No: Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years.
Now it enjoys a revival and is spreading out through many advanced
economically and culturally countries.The existence of the acupuncture points and energy channels was scientifically proven- points and pathways with low electro-magnetic resistance. They create a complete functional network like the nervous system for example. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture relaxing?

Is acupuncture relaxing?

Yes: Many people fall asleep, others report being very relaxed and peaceful during the treatments. It helps many conditions like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, helps people who are under a lot of stress, .... ...Read more

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Is acupuncture effective?

See below: See the cochrane collaborative. It lists the areas in which acupuncture is effective and where it is not. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture work?

Nerves: Acupuncture involves using special needles that are introduced in certain points on the skin that produces either stimulating or relaxing effect on the organ(s) that this point is related to. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture safe to do?

Is acupuncture safe to do?

Yes: Very safe! there is little bleeding due to needle diameter. There is little infection because needle cored is not hollow - won't drag in skin and bacteria. Lung puncture is avoided by wodging the skin & oblique needle placement. Internal organ contact is prevented by inserting to depths dictated in traditional chinese medicine. But it you faint at the sight of a needle - tell the provider. ...Read more

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How effective is acupuncture?

Very: I tell people that acupuncture isn't magic. It has been around since the second century bc in china. It's very helpful for pain, depression, anxiety, and morning sickness. It does seem to augment treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure. It also seems to help addictions such as stopping smoking and recreational drugs usage. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture really painful?

Is acupuncture really painful?

Rarely Painful: Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles and is rarely painful. Japanese styles of acupuncture tend to use even thinner needles, and are inserted more shallowly. Patients state sometimes, with extremely acute symptoms like a backache, back pain or neck pain, the needles may feel like a mosquito bite. ...Read more

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Why might acupuncture not work?

Acupuncture is not: likely to work if you are trying to use it to treat a condition that doesn't respond to acupuncture. Acupuncture is effective for many conditions but certainly for not all conditions. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture safe for teenagers?

Is acupuncture safe for teenagers?

Acupuncture: Studies have shown that it can be safe even for children. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help with mytonia?

No: Acupuncture provides only temporary relief. It works similar to the concept of purposely promoting pain in one area to block pain impulses in another area. It's only fascinating because of the whole concept. Myotonia is an abnormality in the electrical conduction system in the region were the nerve meets the muscle. It may provide brief relief at best. ...Read more

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Does the acupuncture procedure hurt?

For some patients: In some patient's it can be painful, in some not at all. In fact some patients find the procedure incredibly relaxing and fall asleep during the treatment. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of acupuncture?

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

According to World: Health Organization based on studies with controlled clinical trials, acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postop ...Read more

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Can acupuncture effectively treat ed?

Can acupuncture effectively treat ed?

No: No studies show that acupuncture can treat erectile dysfunction (ed). However, professionally done acupuncture is unlikely to harm a person. More importantly, ED can be a symptom of a serious illness such as diabetes, poor circulation, hormonal imbalances, medicine side effects, psychological disorders, etc..., and should be discussed with one's primary care physician. ...Read more

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Who all can benefit from acupuncture?

Everyone: Acupuncture has had a fair bit of research supporting its useful role in modern medicine. Some reasonably good med schools such as harvard ;-) have even started offering it as an elective in their curriculum. Many insurance companies will even pay for it! give it a shot and see what can do for you. ...Read more

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What are the results with acupuncture?

Varies: Like all of medicine how one responds depends upon the individual and the treatment. Remember acupuncture is not magic. Especially, many will turn to acupuncture when traditional treatments fail. In my practice I have found that "needling" have cured many ailments when traditional treatments have failed, such as success for carpal tunnel syndrome when physical therapies have failed ...Read more

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What are some benefits of acupuncture?

There are many: I treat patients with acupuncture for many conditions. I use it for people with PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression, addictions, stress, insomnia and for many medical conditions - especially those associated with pain. Acupuncture often brings hope to people who have lost hope. ...Read more

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What maladies can acupuncture improve?

What maladies can acupuncture improve?

According to World: Health organization based on studies with controlled clinical trials, acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck ; back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postop. ...Read more

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How effectively does acupuncture work?

How effectively does acupuncture work?

That depends on the: Condition being treated. There are excellent results for treatment of many conditions but acupuncture is not an effective form of treatment for some medical problems. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of acupuncture?

Many: It is very safe. Bleeding problems and infections related to acupuncture are rare. It can provide pain relief without any "drug- drug interactions. There are no medication side effects. It can help to accelerate many types of healing. It can also help with behavioral health problems. ...Read more

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What is the science behind acupuncture?

It's growing: Acupuncture stimulates release of local and brain chemistry that relieves pain, relieves anxiety, and can stimulate immunity and hormonal effects. Stimulates brain pathways that regulate pain sensation and mood. ...Read more

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How good does acupuncture work for pain?

It depends: For certain painful conditions acupuncture can be very helpful; major surgery has been performed using acupuncture as the only anesthetic! but every person/situation is unique, so the only way to see how it works for you is to try it. And, or course, there are different styles/techniques of acupuncture, so some acupuncturists may help you more than others. ...Read more

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Why is it that i itch after acupuncture?

Why is it that i itch after acupuncture?

I am not : Familiar with itching as a side effect of acupuncture. Is infrared heat being used in conjunction with needles? I use acupuncture to treat people who have hives and itching. The only thing i can think of is renewed activity (blood circulation, qi, nerve conduction) causing the itching. Perhaps one of the other healthtap acupuncturists is more familiar with itching as a side effect. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that acupuncture works?

Is there evidence that acupuncture works?

Yes: A study released in the archives of internal medicine (10 sept 2012); reviewed 29 studies involving almost 18, 000 people; indicated that acupuncture was found better at pain relief than no treatment or sham treatment. For some conditions it is superior to standard treatments. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1357513. Read about the World Health Organizations endorsements of ...Read more

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How will i know what does acupuncture do?

How will i know what does acupuncture do?

Many things.: Acupuncture has many benefits. It heals physically, emotionally & spiritually. It promotes balance through the body's meridians. It heals through removing obstructions to movement of qi, blood circulation, lymphatic drainage & nerve activity. If reduces inflammation & pain & improves range of motion of injured areas. ...Read more

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