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Do they do acupuncture for headaches?

Do they do acupuncture for headaches?

Yes: There are many different modalities for treating headaches. These treatments range from prescription meds to over the counter meds to herbal meds and supplements. Also there are nonmedicinal remedies, among these are acupuncture and relaxation techniques. Much of the treatment of headaches depends on the cause and of course if more than few days or getting worse, should be seen. ...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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Help please! is acupuncture effective for relieving headaches, back and neck pain?

Help please! is acupuncture effective for relieving headaches, back and neck pain?

Yes and no. : May help with pain or stress (if you Believe in it enough). But the disease itself could be serious ( ? Nerve compression ? Heart pain? Infection ? Tumor?). Make sure it's nothing serious before you trust in acupuncture. See your primary. If no serious pathology, could then attempt acupuncture. Feel better ...Read more

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Could acupuncture cure a medical condition known as chronic tensin headache?

Could acupuncture cure a medical condition known as chronic tensin headache?

Acupuncture: May not "cure" chronic tension headaches but it can be a safe, effective way to treat them. The effects of acupuncture can also help to prevent them. Take care. ...Read more

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Several months ago, following ear acupuncture I had very severe headache on top of head. Now the headache is dull and worse when try to concentrate?

Several months ago, following ear acupuncture I had very severe headache on top of head. Now the headache is dull and worse when try to concentrate?

Agree w Dr. Winkler: I haven't seen any cases in which auricular acupuncture caused this type of symptom. What was the auricular acupuncture being used to treat? Sometimes pain levels increase after a pain treatment but should resolved within 1 to 3 days. That is considered a positive outcome in treatment of a chronic pain condition. But if this occurred several months ago - this likely has nothing to do with the ...Read more

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I did acupunture about 5-6 times for dry eyes, but now outside of eyecorner getting myokymia, when i close/press eyeball, it hurt. I've headache, neck pain

Dry eyes: Your symptoms are all consistent with dry eyes. Perhaps you should consider other treatment options if the acupuncture is not working. There are eye drops and medications for different types of dry eyes. See an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...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?

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?

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?

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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Will acupuncture harm me?

Unlikely: There are several reports of the transmission of hepatitis from unsterilized acupuncture needles. A few other conditions might also be transmitted such as aids. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture improve dysphagia?

Can acupuncture improve dysphagia?

Maybe...: A study has been done evaluating acupuncture for dysphagia due to a stroke. Conclusion of study:" findings suggest that acupuncture may be useful for the treatment of post-stroke swallowing disorders. The specificity of the results to swallowing implies that its success is not simply a generalized response to acupuncture. Further studies are warranted in this area.". ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help with psorisis?

Can acupuncture help with psorisis?

Yes: Psoriasis is a serious skin condition with serious medical treatment, but it is quite sensitive to emotional states. Acupuncture may be quite beneficial, yet it is not a mainstream treatment. It is worth considering. ...Read more

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