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Does acupuncture work for ibs?

Does acupuncture work for ibs?

Maybe helpful: Ibs is very difficult to treat and stress/emotions can play a major role. Spasms, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation can occur. There are no magic pills to cure ibs. Stress reduction, and diet modification (increasing fiber and avoiding triggers) are often the best treatment options, but accupuncture by a trained professional can be helpful in many cases too. Good luck. ...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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Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Medical opinions:  nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

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

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How good is acupunture for pain management?

How good is acupunture for pain management?

Can be very good: Acupuncture is highly effective for many pain conditions but ineffective for others. It is used throughout asia and europe. The United States appears to slow in accepting it. It is being fully embraced my the army, navy & air force with more & more military physicians being trained in medical acupuncture every year. ...Read more

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How good is acupunture for pain management?

How good is acupunture for pain management?

Accupuncture: Accupuncture is known to be effective adjunct therapy for painful conditions. Its effect depends on your painful conditions. Please be patient with acupuncture treatment. ...Read more

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Would acupuncture help lessen my fibromyalgia symptoms?

Would acupuncture help lessen my fibromyalgia symptoms?

Acupuncture appears to modestly reduce many types of chronic pain, so it's not surprising that many people with fibromyalgia are interested in trying it: While the studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture for fibromyalgia symptoms are somewhat mixed, most suggest that it may have a beneficial role. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles to various depths into strategic points on your body. They are usually left in place for 20 to 30 minutes and sometimes are further stimulated by the addition of heat or electricity. When performed by a trained practitioner, acupuncture has few risks. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your fibromyalgia pain, it may be worth trying acupuncture. But if your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be the right treatment for you. ...Read more

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For pregnant migraine sufferers what is advised for relief? 

For pregnant migraine sufferers what is advised for relief? 

Migraine /pregnancy: Try to limit all medications. I don't use drugs like Imitrex or ergots in pregnancy, i would use tylenol (acetaminophen) for mild headaches. Opoids( narcotics ) as well as anti nausea meds like a Compazine suppository for severe headaches. Paitients may also be helped from relaxation exercises and some biofeedback. ...Read more

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Is "sujok" therapy and stimulator helpful in irritable bowel syndrome?

Is "sujok" therapy and stimulator helpful in irritable bowel syndrome?

No evidence for it.: There is no evidence to support the use of "Sujok" therapy to treat irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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Have ibs-c and continuous intestinal and colon pain, anxiety.Celexa (citalopram) and antispasmodics don't help with pain.Suggestions/alternatives?

Have ibs-c and continuous intestinal and colon pain, anxiety.Celexa (citalopram) and antispasmodics don't help with pain.Suggestions/alternatives?

See your doctor: I'd go back to my doctor until he/she finds the right potion for my symptoms. You may want to consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can acupunture really work for primary dysmenorrhoea?

Can acupunture really work for primary dysmenorrhoea?

I have only: Performed auricular (ear) acupuncture for dysmenorrhea. My patients found it more effective than nsaid's - with a significantly longer period of action. ...Read more

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Have diarrhea for 2 months. No relief. Fodmap diet not help. Tested for crones, celiac and other things. Help.

Have diarrhea for 2 months. No relief. Fodmap diet not help. Tested for crones, celiac and other things. Help.

Functional Medicine: You need to find a functional medicine expert in your area to determine if there are microbial imbalances or leaky gut leading to inflammation. They can do more specific testing such as comprehensive digestive stool analysis to determine what the underlying problem is and help you work to correct it. http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2012/04/leaky-gut-syndrome-linked-to-many.html. ...Read more

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Best treatment or diet for sibo sufferers?

Best treatment or diet for sibo sufferers?

It depends: 1. Be certain symptoms are caused by sibo. See health care provider, have hydrogen breath test (test does have limits too) if sibo documented and symptoms related--may warrant: 2. Course of antibiotic Rifaximin or neomycin if the Rifaximin is too expensive. 3. Improve bowel motility 4. Consider diet such as low fodmaps diet for ibs or, possibly, scd. ...Read more

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Herbal life good for weight management , I have lupus, fibro.

Herbal life good for weight management , I have lupus, fibro.

Herbalife: I'm not sure whether you're testifying that "herbal life" is good, or asking about it? Herbalife is a multilevel marketing company that sells many different kinds of products, including some for "weight management." it is not a program that provides personal accountability like weight watchers or tops. This part is needed for success in any program, because it engages you towards your goals. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Possibly: Published data do suggest that acupuncture -- including manual-, electrical-, and laser-based -- helps with depression on its own, and is well tolerated. It may also help with some of the side effects caused by antidepressants. More study of using it to augment antidepressant treatment is needed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22762294 cognitive hypnotherapy may help depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more