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Does acupuncture for weight loss work?

Does acupuncture for weight loss work?

Yes: Ask my patients. I work mainly with an active duty military population who can loss their career if over-weight. I have quite a few patients whom i see weekly - who have lost between 25 to 40 pounds. But - you need to be physically active, ensure that calories burned exceed calories in and have a healthful lifestyle. The needles simply help to suppress appetite (esp. Junk carbohydrates). ...Read more

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 acupuncture for weight loss supported by any scientific evidence or is it nonsense?is it worth trying?

Is acupuncture for weight loss supported by any scientific evidence or is it nonsense?is it worth trying?

Check the NIHACM: National Institute of Health for Complementary and Alternative Medicine database to read on the studies done on this, and associated studies. Acupuncture works on the meridian systems that are integrated with our body, and can work even on smoking cessation, through placement of needles or magnets in specific spots on the body. Give it a try and see if it helps you. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help with depression, weight loss and other things tell me about acupuncture?

Can acupuncture help with depression, weight loss and other things tell me about acupuncture?

It can help some: But not all. It is not covered by insurance. But when it works it is very effective treatment. It is sticking very fine needles that you can hardly feel into parts of the body that affect other parts of your body to make it feel better to put it simply. They stay there for a while then they are taken out. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture helpful in losing weight?

Is acupuncture helpful in losing weight?

Probably not: If a person snacks or eats more when he is stressed out, then acupuncture might lower stress and decrease eating. If he is at the acupuncture clinic, then he is not at the grocery store, the bar, or the restaurant, so he may be eating fewer calories. However, if he eats the same or more calories after starting acupuncture as before, then he will probably have no weight change or get even heavier. ...Read more

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How is acupuncture helpful for weight reduction?

How is acupuncture helpful for weight reduction?

Not really.: There aren't good randomized control studies that show accupuncture causes weight loss. To achieve weight loss, you have to expend more calories than you take in. Weight loss takes work. There is no magic bullet to lose weight - not pills, not herbs, not accupuncture. If there was an easy way to do it, everyone would be thin. It's all about diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help you with weight reduction?

Does acupuncture help you with weight reduction?

Maybe, maybe not: If a person snacks or eats more when he is stressed out, then acupuncture might decrease stress and eating. If he is at the acupuncture clinic, then he is not at the grocery store, the bar, or the restaurant, so he is getting fewer calories. However, if he is getting acupuncture instead of jogging, biking, or swimming, then he is burning fewer calories . . . And might not lose weight in that case. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help with mytonia?

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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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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How good does acupuncture work for pain?

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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Does insurance generally cover acupuncture?

Does insurance generally cover acupuncture?

Not generally: There seem to be more insurance companies that cover acupuncture in California. Some policies do cover acupuncture. Check your policy. Take care. ...Read more

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How many maladies can acupuncture be used to treat?

How many maladies can acupuncture be used to treat?

Multitude: There are villages in china that only have acupuncture medicine and herbal medicine. Acupuncture has been around since the second century bc and has been amazing in treating many maladies. ...Read more

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How effective does acupuncture work for pain in my?

How effective does acupuncture work for pain in my?

Maybe good?: It works very well for many types of pain (as well as coxygeal pain) :) but - it does not work for all types of pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get a degree in acupuncture?

Can you tell me how to get a degree in acupuncture?

Oriental Med School: If you are not a medical doctor, you would have to enroll in an Oriental Medical School program after completing college. These are usually 4 year programs and most states require acupuncturists to take and pass a national board exam before they can be licensed to practice acupuncture. ...Read more

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What can you expect the first time you try acupuncture?

What can you expect the first time you try acupuncture?

A/W Dr. Southard: Depending on the issue and the style of the practitioner - you might receive treatments with minimal examination/ history taking or you may undergo a comprehensive assessment using both Eastern and Western Medicine approaches. Most of my patients find acupuncture enjoyable. ...Read more

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Are there any serious studies proving that acupuncture does work?

Are there any serious studies proving that acupuncture does work?

Yes: According to a study released in the archives of internal medicine on 10 sept 2012; which reviewed 29 studies involving almost 18, 000 people; acupuncture was found better at pain relief than lack of treatment or sham treatment. For some conditions it is superior to standard treatments. ...Read more

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Will my acupuncture be effective if i havemarijuana in my system?

Will my acupuncture be effective if i havemarijuana in my system?

Avoid mood altering: Acupuncture is often ineffective under the influence of narcotics. For optimum experience, be free of mood altering drugs (especially if the acupuncture is for mental health conditions or for balancing of chi). However, i don't believe that the thc would prevent effectiveness for musculo-skeletal treatments. I won't needle any one with narcotics on board - renders treatment ineffective. ...Read more

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For what illnesses or conditions is acupuncture really proven to be effective?

Acupuncture trials: Clinical trials have shown strong evidence that acupuncture can decrease nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. Studies have shown that acupuncture treatments given as an addition to ivf improve rates of increasing pregnancy. Pilot studies showing improvement in chronic sinusitis. Acupuncture has also shown improvement in function and pain as additional/adjunctive therapy in knee osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help with psorisis?

Can acupuncture help with psorisis?

Yes: Psoriasis is a serious skin condition with serious medical treatment, but it is quite sensitive to emotional states. Acupuncture may be quite beneficial, yet it is not a mainstream treatment. It is worth considering. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more