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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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Neck gets tense really fast even after acupuncture and massage. Low stress life but high stress from psychiatric dru withdrawal and dental abnormality?

Neck gets tense really fast even after acupuncture and massage. Low stress life but high stress from psychiatric dru withdrawal and dental abnormality?

Muscle spasms likely: Muscle spasms are being triggered by the drug withdrawal, dental problems, or both. A low dose muscle relaxant medication would help. Mechanical cervical traction in physical therapy could help greatly, and a home unit could be provided. Training in biofeedback with a therapist/psychologist also works well for muscle spasms. ...Read more

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I tend to get a lot of anxiety and stress lately and one of my good friends suggest to me acupuncture. Is it really painful?

I tend to get a lot of anxiety and stress lately and one of my good friends suggest to me acupuncture. Is it really painful?

No, acupuncture: Is rarely painful. Well, i guess if the acupuncturist had really poor technique that could cause you pain. Most of my patients don't feel the insertions. It is very beneficial for anxiety and stress. Take care. ...Read more

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How many acupuncture treatments to relieve stress?

How many acupuncture treatments to relieve stress?

From one to many: The most common response to acupuncture is a very pleasant state of relaxation. It can often relieve stress immediately but you may need a series of treatments over time to help relieve chronic stress if you cannot learn to manage it in other ways as well. ...Read more

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Would doing acupuncture cure stress and anxiety symptoms?

Would doing acupuncture cure stress and anxiety symptoms?

"cure"?: Acupuncture is exceptionally helpful for the treatment of anxiety disorders. However, that does not mean that it would necessarily "cure" the condition. ...Read more

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I had my first session of acupuncture for stress and insomnia and I am worse than ever! does one get worse before better?

I had my first session of acupuncture for stress and insomnia and I am worse than ever! does one get worse before better?

Sometimes: Symptoms may become worse occasionally after acupuncture before they get better. Usually no change is the worst prognosis after a needling session. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help relieve stress fractures?

Can acupuncture help relieve stress fractures?

Yes and no. : May help with pain if you. Believe in it But the fracture itself will still take time to heal ...Read more

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I am in hospital with heart trouble related to stress. Is acupuncture the way forward?

I am in hospital with heart trouble related to stress. Is acupuncture the way forward?

Acupuncture: Don't abandon your standard medical providers. But, yes - if your condition is stress related, then acupuncture would be likely to benefit you. It can center & balance you emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is being used in the va and at military treatment centers to treat people with ptsd & other anxiety disorders. Always discuss alternative or traditional medicine with your physician. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture temporary or permanent solution ? (for: atopic dermatitis, stress, allergies, nasal congestion)

Is acupuncture temporary or permanent solution ? (for: atopic dermatitis, stress, allergies, nasal congestion)

Acupuncture : Acupuncture is a skill and some acupuncturists are truly better at their trade than others. In good hands, and coupled with chinese herbals, a patient can have really good relief from most any type of condition. The symptoms you describe, however, sound like a combination of food and environmental allergies. You may want to consider eliminating cows milk and wheat from your diet too. ...Read more

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Walking is painful. Will a massage or acupuncture help?

Walking is painful. Will a massage or acupuncture help?

Acupuncture may be: of benefit. I recommend seeing your physician to have the source of your pain evaluated. Diagnostic assessment will help determine what treatment options are available. Acupuncture is a good approach for many causes of foot/ walking pain (but not all). I have only commented about acupuncture (and not massage) as that is an area of expertise. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture or massage help a torn tendon heal?

Can acupuncture or massage help a torn tendon heal?

Feels good: But, i don't see how it will help the tendon heal. Ideally, you would want to make sure both of the torn ends are placed back together if possible. There are other repair methods in case the tendon has retracted but this is something you need to see a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedist. ...Read more

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How is reflexology better as compared with various other forms of massage or acupuncture?

How is reflexology better as compared with various other forms of massage or acupuncture?

Helpful: I like all three. But, if you are looking at what covers the largest number of symptoms/ conditions - it is acupuncture hands down. ...Read more

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Positive results with acupuncture vs massage for tennis elbow or not?

Positive results with acupuncture vs massage for tennis elbow or not?

Yes: Although my general treatment is physical therapy, tennis elbow braces, anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, and rest; i often use massage (especially transverse massage) and many of my patients have had success with acupuncture. ...Read more

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After getting acupuncture or a massage will the muscle still feel sore?

After getting acupuncture or a massage will the muscle still feel sore?

Acupuncture response: Although area treated during acupuncture usually feels improved, it is not at all uncommon to have an increase in pain. This is a postive sign. However, if you have several sessions of acupuncture with no pain and/ or no improvement - the condition beging treated is not responding to the technique being used. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture or massage therapy help with costochondritis pain? It's been 2 months now and i don't want to contintue taking so much pain meds

Could acupuncture or massage therapy help with costochondritis pain? It's been 2 months now and i don't want to contintue taking so much pain meds

Yes: Costochondritis inflammation can be reduced through placement of localized needles and use of major acupuncture points. I am often able to relieve the pain of a fractured rib with one ear "rib point". No, seriously - 1 needle. I am amazed every time - so are the patients. I wish i knew more about acupuncture when my rib was broken. ...Read more

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Reading crazy things like tingling from massage, vitamins, acupuncture, stretching, etc. made adults much taller after 35?Any truth to claims or myths

Reading crazy things like tingling from massage, vitamins, acupuncture, stretching, etc. made adults much taller after 35?Any truth to claims or myths

Loads of rumors: Lots of fables are being portrayed online these days, and cures and solutions abound. Most of these are attempts to gain monetary advantage, via fraudulent promotions. In other words, the concept of getting taller after age 35 is not substantiated scientifically. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for painful abdo adhesions? My diet is mostly liquid. Massage/acupuncture?

What is the best treatment for painful abdo adhesions? My diet is mostly liquid. Massage/acupuncture?

Whatever works: 42 yo female w. IBS-like sx's post-appy & laparoscopy. Med literature reports adhesions routine after abdominal-pelvic surgery. Iatrogenic? Absent obstruction avoid explorations. Codeine contraindicated. Relax peristalsis via Bentyl, (dicyclomine) biofeedback, mindfulness therapies, massage, swimming, ingested Cannabis sativa (cold prep. under 180 degrees to avoid "high"; tea, tincture, butter), & Acupuncture. ...Read more

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Acupuncture and massage relief tight neck and shoulder muscles? Cousin didn't feel much relief. Does he need more than one session?

Acupuncture and massage relief tight neck and shoulder muscles? Cousin  didn't feel much relief. Does he need more than one session?

Maybe: He may need a different massage therapist. Some people will find one person's technique to be more suited to their problems . Acupuncture may take several visits to be effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more