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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 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 effective?

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?

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?

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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Is there such thing as non-needle acupuncture?

Is there such thing as non-needle acupuncture?

Yes, in a sense...: Technically acupuncture involves using needles but one may have similar benefits by applying pressure (acupressure), lasers, colored lights and or a mild electrical current to acupuncture points. While many people are concerned about the needles used in acupuncture, they are very thin and barely penetrate the skin so the discomfort is quite minimal. But these alternatives can be quite effective... ...Read more

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Can acupuncture treat cataracts?

Can acupuncture treat cataracts?

No: There is no relation ship between acupuncture and cataract improvement. Cataract surgery is terrific and the results wonderful. See your ophthalmologist and get rid of this nuisance and stop looking for alternative solutions proven not to work. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture treat back pain?

Does acupuncture treat back pain?

Successful Treatment: Acupuncture can be successful in treating backache, back pain, etc. Recent studies compare acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy. Chiropractic was shown to be best for back pain. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction to eliminate acute pain, and rehabilitation should be performed to stabilize for the long term. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture help my sciatica?

Could acupuncture help my sciatica?

Maybe: Although acupuncture doesn't affect the actual problem or the healing process, some patients have pain relief in the short term while undergoing treatment. This temporary pain relief might help as your body heals. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help a leaky valve?

Not technically: It is unlikely that acupuncture will actually make a valve less leaky. It may decrease the symptoms by lowering blood pressure and decreasing anxiety. There are few risks associated with acupuncture- it is generally safe and shouldn't make anything worse. ...Read more

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Endorphins (Definition)

Endorphins are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during ...Read more