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Doctor insights on: Acupuncture Endorphins

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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 relaxing?

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, .... ...Read more

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Do acupuncture and acupressure work?

Do acupuncture and acupressure work?

Yes -for many things: According to world health organization based on studies with controlled clinical trials, 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, >>>. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: 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. ...Read more

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Does singing release endorphins?

Possible: I have not seen any research on this, but it is possible. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help relieve stress fractures?

Can acupuncture help relieve stress fractures?

Yes and no. : May help with pain if you. Believe in it But the fracture itself will still take time to heal ...Read more

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Is tai chi an effective stress reliever?

Is tai chi an effective stress reliever?

Yes: Yes, if you enjoy tai chi it can be an effective stress reliever. It combines gentle movement with a meditative approach, training mind and body in a healthy way. You need to have a good teacher though, who embodies the principles. There are videos, but probably this isn't as good as having someone you can ask questions of while you're practicing. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Not the way you mean: Fibromyalgia is a brain problem, not a joint, muscle, tendon or bursa problem. Massage doesn't "help" fibromyalgia the way it may help muscular soreness after vigorous exertion. The pleasurable sensation merely acts as a counter-sensation to fibromyalgia & is only temporary. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with no "cure," only symptomatic treatment at the neurochemical level, ...Read more

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Heat pleasure to alleviate nicotine withdrawal?

Heat pleasure to alleviate nicotine withdrawal?

Nicotine: It has mood altering effects, being both a stimulant & a relaxant. Best info. Regarding details of effects can be obtained if you go online & google the word "nicotine". ...Read more

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How many acupuncture treatments to relieve stress?

How many acupuncture treatments to relieve stress?

From one to many: The most common response to acupuncture is a very pleasant state of relaxation. It can often relieve stress immediately but you may need a series of treatments over time to help relieve chronic stress if you cannot learn to manage it in other ways as well. ...Read more

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Gad, bingeed. W/ therap, realized binge to deaden unbearable adrenaline, when breathing, medita. Not work. Other non-med ways to subdue adrenaline?

Gad, bingeed. W/ therap, realized binge to deaden unbearable adrenaline, when breathing, medita. Not work. Other non-med ways to subdue adrenaline?

What to do:: There are a # of ways to address your adrenailine release/ anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. Have you been checked to rule out medical causes for adrenaline release? ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help eczema? Through acupuncture therapy can eczema be releaved?

Beneficial: Energy moving treatments involving balancing chi in major meridians can help eczema. Talk with your physician about using this as an adjunct to your current treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help reduce floaters?

Can acupuncture help reduce floaters?

Acupuncture: My understanding is that by increasing liver and kidney Qi - this may help to impact eye health. Although I have never treated this - a number of Traditional Chinese Medicine providers indicate that it can be beneficial for floaters. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help sciatica? Does acupuncture ever help with sciatica pain? .

Can acupuncture help sciatica? Does acupuncture ever help with sciatica pain?

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Possibly: Although not understood fully, acupuncture has shown good success in some pain syndromes. Only way to know is try it out. If after 2-3 treatments you can't see a difference I would seek out a pain/spine specialist for other options. ...Read more

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Which type of yoga would better help me relieve stress: ashtanga, vinyassa, hatha or iyengar?

Which type of yoga would better help me relieve stress: ashtanga, vinyassa, hatha or iyengar?

Hatha/Ashtanga: All are helpful but hatha & ashtanga are particularly good for relieving stress. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture threapy increase your height?

Can acupuncture threapy increase your height?

Heightening...: Unfortunately, it is not possible to get taller unless surgeons cut the bone and lengthen it... Your stance can possible improve through therapy with flexibility and core strentghtening or if low back pain improves and it allows better posture. That makes people see you stand more upright, and -in fact- look taller.... ...Read more

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Chronic tension makin me feel suicidal! all blood tests normal including magnesium etc. Acupuncture stretching chiropractic massage nothing works ?

Chronic tension makin me feel suicidal! all blood tests normal including magnesium etc. Acupuncture stretching chiropractic massage nothing works ?

Tried therapy?: Chronic tension can be diminished with cognitive therapy techniques. Relaxation exercises that require practicing relaxation in the proper form may help. Have you tried medications? Anti-anxiety medications are helpful in reducing chronic tension. Consulting with a doctor, especially when feeling suicidal is critical. There is help available. ...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