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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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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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Please help docs! where does one dispose of single use acupuncture needles?

Please help docs! where does one dispose of single use acupuncture needles?

Some acupuncturists: Allow patient's to go home with needles in place. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to do this at the medical treatment facility where i work. The acupuncturists i know who do this - only do so with trustworthy patients. The patients return the needles at the next visit and they are placed in sharps boxes. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture puncture a lung?

Can acupuncture puncture a lung?

Yes, rarely: With well-trained acupuncturists, puncturing a lung is rare -- but is still one of the known risks depending on location of points needled. Pneumothorax would result, and could require chest tube to reinflate the lung. Certain precautions are taken to decrease the likelihood of this happening. For certified acupuncturists who know these well, see http://www.Nccaom.Org/. ...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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Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!

Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!

Fibromyalagia: This is fibromyalgia and not directly related to Lyme. Your physician needs to direct you to a fibromyalgia program which includes: 1. Exercise - the pain is in the muscles 2. Sleep evaluation and treatment 3. Stress evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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Regularly making a tattoo design with pen cause any harm?

Regularly making a tattoo design with pen cause any harm?

Be ware infection : if it is done professionally with well sterilized equipment it should be ok from an infection standpoint. However not sure of the potential toxicities of the ink. ...Read more

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My ce4 electronic cigarette won't work..Any other alternatives?

My ce4 electronic cigarette won't work..Any other alternatives?

Unfortunately many: And they all involve smoking tobacco in some form. Obviously, you can buy another one. Or you can decide to not remain addicted to nicotine and do something about it. Smoking cessation programs help a lot, there are a variety of medications, including tapering doses of nicotine replacement therapy. Some people are actually able to do it with e-cigs, esp the ones that allow "dialing down" nicotine. ...Read more

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Finger pain/spasms/ shocks through index, pinky, and ring finger. Current user of Swedish snus (chew) , beer, and energy drinks. Any these be issue?

Finger pain/spasms/ shocks through index, pinky, and ring finger. Current user of Swedish snus (chew) , beer, and energy drinks. Any these be issue?

See details: This sounds as if you have a carpal tunnel syndrome which is caused by a nerve compression at the wrist. Get off the chews and energy drinks as these are both potentially harmful to your health. What did the EMG show? This should confirm ot eliminate a carpal tunnel diagnosis. ...Read more

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Daith or Tragus (sp?) piercing for migraines safe? Effective? Research? Accupuncture better?

Daith or Tragus (sp?) piercing for migraines safe? Effective? Research? 
Accupuncture better?

Daith piercing: My limited research on the matter indicates that migraine relief from Daith piercings does not occur universally. There does not appear to very much in the way of formal research either. However, both auricular and scalp acupuncture are safe forms of treatment for migraine and other headache types. ...Read more

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What are myofascial self-care therapies and myofascial tennis ball therapy?

What are myofascial self-care therapies and myofascial tennis ball therapy?

Do It Yourself: Myofascial release techniques press on muscles, tendons and other soft tissue to release tension and relieve pain. Instead of having someone do this for you, you can do this yourself with balls or foam rollers. At home, at work or in the car. Rig up your seat. Or lay down on the floor. The humble tennis ball can help you heal. Take a deep breath and then sigh with relief. It feels great! ...Read more

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I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?

I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?

What available: Alternatives are to enlarge hole in chest wall to create an open pneumothorax and prevent tension from trapped air, or to create valve type mechanism with some type of tube and flutter valve or water submersion of tube to allow air out of chest cavity but not allow it back in through tube. ...Read more

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Where are the auricular acupuncture points for addiction to alcohol, smoking, and opioids?

Where are the auricular acupuncture points for addiction to alcohol, smoking, and opioids?

Protocols: Nada protocol: shen men, autonomic point, kidney pt, liver pt and lung pt. Tobacco cessation: shen men, kidney pt, point zerio, lung pt and nicotine point. Some protocols can vary. This should only be performed by a trained acupuncturist. ...Read more

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When do they use traction for cervical spondylosis? Using flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) trigger pt injectns, ultram, diclofenac gel, lidocaine gel, moist heat.

When do they use traction for cervical spondylosis? Using flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) trigger pt injectns, ultram, diclofenac gel, lidocaine gel, moist heat.

It help a lot: An MRI study on the effects of neck traction was performed in 2008, 35 of 36 subjects. During traction subarachnoid protrusions were reduced in 25 of 35 subjects or 71%. Disc height measurement during traction using digital calipers and measuring to 100th of a millimeter indicated an average posterior disc expansion of 19.02%. Increases in range of motion were noted post traction. ...Read more

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DXed w/ inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Roommate is using a vape pen in our dorm room. Could the smoke/vapor impact my health/increase tachycardia?

DXed w/ inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Roommate is using a vape pen in our dorm room. Could the smoke/vapor impact my health/increase tachycardia?

Could be: You have heard of second hand smoke. You could be getting some of your roommates vapors. You can get a blood test for serum cotinine which is a metabolite of nicotine. Nicotine affects your nerves and can cause tachycardia. ...Read more

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How do you use acupressure points for relieving various pains?

How do you use acupressure points for relieving various pains?

When you have pain: Explore painful area with your fingers, to find pain points (knots, tension) apply slow firm pressure at a 90 degree angle from the surface of your skin. There are over 400 acupressure points/trigger points in the body. ...Read more

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Does Bowen therapy work to release trigger points an align body?

Does Bowen therapy work to release trigger points an align body?

Yes: Bowen therapy is a very safe and effective form of bodywork that has been proven to reduce pain in many studies. I don't know if it has been proven to align the body but that is a difficult thing to study- but there are many studies showing it to benefit many conditions http://www.bowen.asn.au/bowen-therapy/what-is-bowen-therapy/ and click on Bowen Therapy Studies. ...Read more