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How does acupuncture work on pain management for bad back/leg pain?

How does acupuncture work on pain management for bad back/leg pain?

Acupuncture: It is considered a viable additional or adjunctive therapy that can help contribute to relief. Acupuncture involves placement of almost microscopic needle tips into 'meridians'. It is not painful. ...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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How does acupuncture help pain management for severe back/leg pain with sciatic pain?

How does acupuncture help pain management for severe back/leg pain with sciatic pain?

Acupuncture: It is considered a viable additional or adjunctive therapy that can help contribute to relief. Acupuncture involves placement of almost microscopic needle tips into 'meridians'. It is not painful. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture work on pain management?

How does acupuncture work on pain management?

Many ways: A number of chemicals/neurotransmitters can be impacted by acupuncture: serotonin, norepinephrine, substance p, gaba, dopamine, b- endorphin, acth, dynorphins, leucine - enkephalin & methionine-enkephalin. Acupuncture also blocks obstructions in blood flow, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction and chi. Different forms of acupuncture have different impacts on the body. See below. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture for a teen who has leg pain and never tried it painful? How long would it take? I'm kinda appresive about this possible treatment...

NOT painful!!!: If acupuncture was painful it would not be very popular. One might expect that sticking needles in you would be painful, but the needles are very thin and they barely go into the skin so any discomfort is really minimal, nothing at all like getting a shot. Then if you get a good treatment it puts you in to a state of relaxation and sometimes even bliss! As for how long, it is highly variable... ...Read more

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Would acupuncture help even out the skin tone in your legs?

Hmm?: That depends. If problems with circulation are causing mottling - it may help. In general - i doubt it. ...Read more

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I had minor knee pain but after i went acupuncture, it got worse with soreness and weakness in my whole leg especially after when i stretch the muscle?

I had minor knee pain but after i went acupuncture, it got worse with soreness and weakness in my whole leg especially after when i stretch the muscle?

Several possibile: You may have referred pain from you lower back that progressed and the acupuncture was coincidental. It is unusually of acupuncture to make it worse unless they did it wrong. I advise you to seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I have restless arms and legs bad and the only thing that really helped is acupuncture. I can't afford that and mirapex (pramipexole) don't help much anymore?

I have restless arms and legs bad and the only thing that really helped is acupuncture. I can't afford that and mirapex (pramipexole) don't help much anymore?

Low cost options: Hello. If there is a china town in your area- that might be a place to obtain low cost but high quality acupuncture. Also, some areas have weekly low cost acupuncture clincs - for instance, a large number of people will be treated by a number of acupuncturists. Some of these clinics charge as little as $15 or $20 a session - which makes it quite affordable. ...Read more

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Analgesia (Definition)

Analgesia is the decrease or absence of pain sensibility without a loss of consciousness. Experiencing pain relief may happen without a person ...Read more


Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
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Pain Management (Definition)

Pain management is the control of pain through medication, ...Read more