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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Stephen Noga
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Nausea (Definition)

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