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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?

I would say that

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> 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.
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Can acupuncture hurt?

Not usually

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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.
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Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.

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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
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Is acupuncture a sham?

No

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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.
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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,....
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Is acupuncture effective?

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See the Cochrane Collaborative. It lists the areas in which acupuncture is effective and where it is not.
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Will acupuncture harm me?

Unlikely

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There are several reports of the transmission of hepatitis from unsterilized acupuncture needles. A few other conditions might also be transmitted such as AIDS.
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Is acupuncture safe to do?

Yes

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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.
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How does acupuncture work?

Nerves

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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.
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Does Acupuncture really work?

Yes it dose

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But you have to be selective.
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