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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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Fertility methods failed so tried acupuncture & some chinese herbs. Now I find myself a few inches taller. Could those have caused that? I'm almost 34

Fertility methods failed so tried acupuncture & some chinese herbs. Now I find myself a few inches taller. Could those have caused that? I'm almost 34

Not likely: Female epiphyseal closure usually occurs (long bone growth extension) usually occurs by the time estrogen is in full "bloom" post puberty at age 16 or so and further potential growth ceases. The herbs may help you "stand up straighter" but not because of actual growth. ...Read more

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Fertility drugs & IUIs unsuccessful; heartbroken so tried acupuncture & chinese herbs. Worried about effects. Can either cause added height in a 37 YO?

Fertility drugs & IUIs unsuccessful; heartbroken so tried acupuncture & chinese herbs. Worried about effects. Can either cause added height in a 37 YO?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is very safe. Agree with Dr. Baker - neither acupuncture nor medicinal herbs will cause you to grow taller at this age. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cause you to not ovulate?

Can acupuncture cause you to not ovulate?

Yes: Acupuncture can affect your body in positive and negative ways, just like any other medicine or treatment. It is not likely to affect your ovulation but it is possible. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture cause scarring on the back?

Does acupuncture cause scarring on the back?

No: I am not sure if the question is about keloids, which are large pathological scars that form on people who are predisposed to form them. But in general acupuncture does not leave any scars. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Not really: Theoretically and in reality it does not happen because nerves are very slippery and movable, and the acupuncture needles flexible. Because of that it is virtually impossible to pears a nerve.
Of cause care is being taken that nerves are avoided.
Acupuncture points are located along the fascias (very thin transparent tissues enveloping the muscles) and usually away from the nerves. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help much with back pains caused by large breasts?

Does acupuncture help much with back pains caused by large breasts?

See below: Although the acupuncture is likely to help alleviate your back pain - it won't solve the underlying problem - so the pain will eventually return. ...Read more

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Doc said unlikely that acupuncture or chinese herbs for infertility cause growth spurts but could either cause sudden 2-3 inch height increase in 36YO?

Doc said unlikely that acupuncture or chinese herbs for infertility cause growth spurts but could either cause sudden 2-3 inch height increase in 36YO?

NO; check for cause: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help some cases of infertility (see Dr. Fowler's answer for details). It's unfortunate that Dr. Fisher is so sure of himself when he is obviously biased and knows nothing about Chinese medicine.
While Chinese medicine helps many things it can't cause a growth spurt in a 36 yo. The most likely cause is a benign pituitary tumor raising HGH. Have your Dr. Test you. ...Read more

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Why has my leg wound not healed? Caused by acupuncture burn a month ago. Swab identified a bug and strong antibiotics not dealt with.

Why has my leg wound not healed? Caused by acupuncture burn a month ago. Swab identified a bug and strong antibiotics not dealt with.

Moxibustion?: I presume you were recieving moxibustion which can result in burns, usually quite small but potentally 3rd degree. A swab likely grew what is normally on your skin. You need a wound specialist to do a different type of culture and determine if other factors are preventing healing such as treating the wrong "bug" or a fungal infection. The cause of the pain might be a factor as well. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had some facial acupuncture to try and help with muscle stiffness inand is no more severe, or if the acupuncture can cause a rash?

What do you advise if I had some facial acupuncture to try and help with muscle stiffness inand is no more severe, or if the acupuncture can cause a rash?

I have never: Seen a rash develop as the result of acupuncture needles that are placed briefly and then removed. However, if a person is allergice to nickel and stainless steel semi-permanent needles are placed in the ears, this could lead to a reaction. This can be overcome by use of titanium, silver or gold asp needles. Take care. ...Read more

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Would an irritate nerve cause my neck to seize up? I tried stretching, heat, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors and my neck is still seized

Would an irritate nerve cause my neck to seize up? I tried stretching, heat, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors and my neck is still seized

Yes: You are alluding to a pinched nerve as in a herniated disc? This could cause muscle spasms, and from what I understand of your question, seizing of the muscles. Have you seen and MD for an evaluation of the neck and it's nerves? ...Read more

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Physical therapist used electrical acupuncture on my neck and shoulders. It caused a pressure feeling in L shoulder n front of chest. Normal or heart?

Physical therapist used electrical acupuncture on my neck and shoulders. It caused a pressure feeling in L shoulder n front of chest. Normal or heart?

Not exactly sure: Why it caused pressure in your chest? It is always important to insure that the person who performs acupuncture on you - is properly trained to do so. (I am not suggesting that the physical therapist wasn't trained however). ...Read more

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16 year old golfer with sports injury in his back in May 2016, re-injured July 2016 playing squash, 2 MRI's done. What might cause ongoing pain......?

16 year old golfer with sports injury in his back in May 2016, re-injured July 2016 playing squash, 2 MRI's done. What might cause ongoing pain......?

Is there instability?: One consideration is to do flexing and extending xrays. If there is motion that would explain the persistent pain. The MRI can show a stress fracture but sometimes it is hard to tell due to motion artifact. Given the lack of agreement I would bite the bullet and get a SPECT bone scan. If negative then push forward with core strengthening with a physiatrist and physical therapist. If it is a stress fracture and it is not healing you could consider a bone stimulator as an off label treatment. I published one case where this was done successfully in a 17 year old elite gymnast. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: According to world health organization 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, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture hurt?

Can acupuncture hurt?

Not usually: Often times insertions are not felt by the person receiving acupuncture. When felt it may feel like a tiny prick as it enters the skin - however using the "push the finger" technique will usually prevent that. There are a few acupuncture points which are painful to needle but there are alternative sites for most of those. Most needles have a tiny diameter. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture work?

Nerves: Acupuncture involves using special needles that are introduced in certain points on the skin that produces either stimulating or relaxing effect on the organ (s) that this point is related to. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture safe to do?

Is acupuncture safe to do?

Yes: Very safe! There is little bleeding due to needle diameter. There is little infection because needle cored is not hollow - won't drag in skin and bacteria. Lung puncture is avoided by wodging the skin & oblique needle placement. Internal organ contact is prevented by inserting to depths dictated in traditional chinese medicine. But it you faint at the sight of a needle - tell the provider. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture effectively treat ed?

Can acupuncture effectively treat ed?

No: No studies show that acupuncture can treat erectile dysfunction (ed). However, professionally done acupuncture is unlikely to harm a person. More importantly, ED can be a symptom of a serious illness such as diabetes, poor circulation, hormonal imbalances, medicine side effects, psychological disorders, etc..., and should be discussed with one's primary care physician. ...Read more

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What are the results with acupuncture?

Varies: Like all of medicine how one responds depends upon the individual and the treatment. Remember acupuncture is not magic. Especially, many will turn to acupuncture when traditional treatments fail. In my practice I have found that "needling" have cured many ailments when traditional treatments have failed, such as success for carpal tunnel syndrome when physical therapies have failed ...Read more

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What maladies can acupuncture improve?

What maladies can acupuncture improve?

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, shoulder arthritis, postop. ...Read more

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How effectively does acupuncture work?

How effectively does acupuncture work?

That depends on the: Condition being treated. There are excellent results for treatment of many conditions but acupuncture is not an effective form of treatment for some medical problems. ...Read more

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What is the science behind acupuncture?

It's growing: Acupuncture stimulates release of local and brain chemistry that relieves pain, relieves anxiety, and can stimulate immunity and hormonal effects. Stimulates brain pathways that regulate pain sensation and mood. ...Read more

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Why is it that I itch after acupuncture?

Why is it that I itch after acupuncture?

I am not: Familiar with itching as a side effect of acupuncture. Is infrared heat being used in conjunction with needles? I use acupuncture to treat people who have hives and itching. The only thing I can think of is renewed activity (blood circulation, qi, nerve conduction) causing the itching. Perhaps one of the other healthtap acupuncturists is more familiar with itching as a side effect. ...Read more

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Is there any benefit to getting acupuncture?

Is there any benefit to getting acupuncture?

Yes, proven benefits: Many research studies prove acupuncture to be effective for back & neck pain, headaches, post-operative nausea, copd, arthritis of the knee & improving success of in-vitro fertilization. Research also shows it increases endorphin & hormone release, activity of some parts of the brain & stimulates blood flow. See www. Healthcmi. Com/index. Php/acupuncturist-news-online/377-acupunctureresearchquestioned. ...Read more

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Is it inadvisable to swim after acupuncture?

Yes.: Some general guidelines including not swimming or bathing right after (few hours) acupuncture. I'm not aware of any studies - and there probably aren't any - about specific time periods. If you think about it, you just had a bunch of tiny holes punched in your skin, so i'd give it a day or two before you go swimming in a public pool or the ocean. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what happens in acupuncture?

Can you tell me what happens in acupuncture?

Needles of varrying: Widths and lengths are placed in acupuncture points on the body. Sterile, single use disposable needles are more often used in this country. It tends to be very pleasant and can be quite effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions. ...Read more

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Could qigong be more powerful than acupuncture?

Could qigong be more powerful than acupuncture?

NO, mostly.: C. Chan gunn, md explains that acupuncture in the simplest terms is a type of myofascial release therapy or physical therapy but invasive. Mft is on a spectum from touch, energy, stretching, massage, yoga, trigger point release balls and canes, acupuncture needles, dry needling to finally janet g. Travell, md's trigger point injections. All are highly effective and safe. You can do acupressure! ...Read more

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Nausea (Definition)

Nausea = abdominal upset ...Read more