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Is it safe to get acupuncture during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get acupuncture during pregnancy?

Yes: But you want to see someone who is experienced with pregnant women. If it is a treatment that can be delayed until after delivery that might be better. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is it possible that acupuncture effect early pregnancy?

Is it possible that acupuncture effect early pregnancy?

See below: There are only a few acupuncture spots that should not be used during pregnancy. Many women elect to receive acupuncture through out pregnancy. ...Read more

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Will acupuncture be safe during pregnancy?

Will acupuncture  be safe during pregnancy?

Yes: And can make delivary easy, but u need to do it with someone skilled in it. ...Read more

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Will acupuncture be dangerous to my pregnancy?

Will acupuncture be dangerous to my pregnancy?

No: No reason it should be. Acupuncture is just tiny needles applied to your skin. I'm not a big believer in their efficacy in the first place, but probably it is no harm no foul. They probably don't do that much positive, nor negative either. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture really helps in inducing labor during pregnancy? Is it safe for the mother and the baby?

World Health ORG -: The world health organization places induction of labor under the category of "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment". Yes, acupuncture is quite safe. ...Read more

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Which parts/points should be avoided while accupuncture during pregnancy?

Which parts/points should be avoided while accupuncture during pregnancy?

Labor points: Two main points to be avoided during pregnancy with acupuncture, first point is spleen 6, inside of the leg above the ankle, and large intestine 4 which is in the webbing of the hand between the thumb and index finger. These points are used to initiate labor. ...Read more

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My mongolian doc says it is safe to do accupuncture and take mongolian herbs as medicine while pregnancy. I am not sure abt herbs. Is it true?

My mongolian doc says it is safe to do accupuncture and take mongolian herbs as medicine while pregnancy. I am not sure abt herbs. Is it true?

Acupuncture: Sorry - i can't answer about mongolian herbs. However many women have acupuncture through out their pregnancies. There are only a few points that need to be avoided during pregnancy and any acupuncturist should be aware of which acupuncture points to avoid. Enjoy. ...Read more

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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 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 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?

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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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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Is qigong more powerfull than acupuncture?

I believe that: The most powerful responses are possible with acupuncture major energy movement treatments. ...Read more

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Is it ok to forcely move while having acupuncture?

No: Trained acupuncturist are very careful with needle placement, but any unforeseen aggressive movement may place your internal organs at risk of puncture. ...Read more

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What are your opinions on acupuncture as a pain alternative?

What are your opinions on acupuncture as a pain alternative?

Good option: Acupuncture can be an excellent option in the treatment of many forms of pain. It is important to be evaluated by your physician to determine if your pain is due to a condition which requires other types of intervention (surgery/ med/ etc.) acupuncture can be an adjunctive or a stand alone treatment depending on the condition. ...Read more

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Are there common conditions that respond well to acupuncture?

Many: Low back pain neck pain sciatica tennis elbow knee pain periarthritis of the shoulder sprains facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) headache dental pain tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction rheumatoid arthritis induction of labor correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation) morning sickness nausea and vomiting postoperative pain stroke. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture good for pulled tendons?

Acupuncture: It depends on which tendons you're referring to. Acupuncture is effective for achilles tendon problems and tennis elbow. ...Read more

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How effective are acupuncture facelifts?

How effective are acupuncture facelifts?

Facelift = Surgery: Be very skeptical of any "non-invasive" procedure that claims the same results as surgery. A facelift corrects loose skin, acupuncture effects nerves and muscles. Perhaps you can obtain acupuncture botox, but it won't work as well as actually injecting botox, and certainly it is not a facelift. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more