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Help please! is acupuncture an effective way to cure abdominal pain?

Help please! is acupuncture an effective way to cure abdominal pain?

That depends: Seek standard medical evaluation to determine the cause of abdominal pain. Surgical abdomens & infections should be ruled out. Depending on the cause of pain, acupuncture may be very beneficial. It is best when your personal physician and the acupuncturist communcicate together. ...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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Shoul i be concerned about bruising after acupuncture ? They are purple and blue and about 1 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch on my abdomen.

Shoul i be concerned about bruising after acupuncture ? They are purple and blue and about 1 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch on my abdomen.

Maybe.: If they are regular, generic bruises, they were caused by the needles piercing a small vein on their way in or out. But if they are tender to touch, or warm (or both), they could be focal infections, caused by use of dirty needles. In that case, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Had acupuncture in low back today felt pain in low rt of stomach wen needles went in back now got worse constant pain i low rt of stomach any ideas?

Had acupuncture in low back today felt pain in low rt of stomach wen needles went in back now got worse constant pain i low rt of stomach any ideas?

Discuss this: The acupuncturists I've met are all the sort of people who'd be very willing to discuss all of this with you and to refer you if necessary. That's the best 1st step unless you feel bad enough to consider an ER visit. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had acupuncture treat fertility issues?

Has anyone ever had acupuncture treat fertility issues?

Yes: Yes it can be beneficial and safe. Although as with all fetility issues -there is no guarantee that it will be successful. The world health organization has categorized inferlity under "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed". ...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?

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?

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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