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Acupuncture Cupping Side Effects
Generally Yes: In most cases i see no problems with swimming and laying in the sun after acupuncture and cupping, but it seems reasonable for you to ask the practitioner who is performing these procedures. In some cases they might have a reason to advise against it (depending on the reason for your treatment), but i believe it would almost always be ok- unless they want you to avoid exertion or becoming heated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Side effects are : Rare w acupuncture. The most common side effect I have seen is someone feeling slightly lightheaded briefly after they sit up (from lying position during the treatment). Infection is extraordinarily rare. Sterile, single use - disposable needles with very small diameter which are solid (not open bore) are normally used. Bleeding is also rare - more common w a bleeding disorder or use of >. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In ur opinion can acupuncture effectively help social phobia suffers and body tensing? Worth the try? Any negative side effects? How many visits?
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been proven to give complete relaxation. So you should feel no body tensing. It is safe and worth a try. It would be up to you and practitioner to decide on length of treatment. You may also want to try cognitive based therapy. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back pain. Left side upper quadrant. Done acupuncture, massage, took acetaminophen, rubbed pain reliever lotions, hot compressed it. Still n pain
65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?
Pain: First question - were any of these MRI findings believed to be the cause of the back and left side pain? Has an orthopedic surgeon been consulted? If not, recommend that. Depending on his/her findings - there may be a number of treatment options. Acupuncture won't fix the actual intervertebral disc problems but it can often reduce inflammation in the surrounding area & improve range of motion, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fertility drugs & IUIs unsuccessful; heartbroken so tried acupuncture & chinese herbs. Worried about effects. Can either cause added height in a 37 YO?
I had several sessions of acupuncture recently. Does anyone know how long the effects are supposed to last?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer