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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 long does accupuncture take to help with insomnia?

How long does accupuncture take to help with insomnia?

Acupuncture - never: There really is no good evidence that acupuncture helps insomnia. If you sleep poorly often, and this is a persistent problem, then it is important to find the cause of insomnia and to treat the cause. Treatments can include cognitive-behavioral treatment that help you improve your sleep habits and get away from thoughts and associations that worsen sleep, or different kinds of medicines. ...Read more

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Where do they put the pins in accupuncture to help with insomnia?

Where do they put the pins in accupuncture to help with insomnia?

It does not help: There really is no good evidence that acupuncture helps insomnia. If you sleep poorly often, and this is a persistent problem, then it is important to find the cause of insomnia and to treat the cause. Treatments can include cognitive-behavioral treatment that help you improve your sleep habits and get away from thoughts and associations that worsen sleep, or different kinds of medicines. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture know to help insomnia?

Yes: Please see the reference : https://www.Acupuncture.Com/conditions/insomnia.Htm insomnia is a morbid state characterized by an inability to sleep. The condition may vary in severity and manifest itself as difficulty in falling asleep, waking up ... ...Read more

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How can acupuncture work for insomnia?

How can  acupuncture work for insomnia?

Quite well: Very small semi-permanent needles (asp's) can be placed in 2 points in ears for insomnia. Alternately - chinese scalp acupuncture can be used (insomnia triange). However, please be aware that it can not fix problems like sleep apnea. It works well. ...Read more

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Acupuncture for mdd and severe insomnia. Thoughts?

Acupuncture for mdd and severe insomnia. Thoughts?

Yup & Yup: Auricular acupuncture is beneficial for depression (but i would use it as an adjunct to other approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy or possibly psychotropic medications). Both chinese scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture can be very helpful for insomnia. Should be used with excellent sleep hygiene and possibly medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture help with insomnia or other sleep symptoms?

Could acupuncture help with insomnia or other sleep symptoms?

Very much so: Both auricular (ear) acupuncture and chinese scalp acupuncture can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Can accupuncture cause you to have hypersomnia instead of insomnia?

Can accupuncture cause you to have hypersomnia instead of insomnia?

It depends: It depends on how the acupuncturist assessed you before doing the treatments. If you were without sleep for a prolonged time, your body may be catching up on needed sleep. Also, medications you're taking may now be having stronger effect. There are many physicians who do acupuncture -- having knowledge and experience in both worlds. Please talk with your acupuncturist about what's going on. ...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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Which kind of diseases can be cured effectively by acupuncture and acupressure?

Which kind of diseases can be cured effectively by acupuncture and acupressure?

Some conditions are: Cured ; some are treated effectively. 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, >. ...Read more

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Can accupuncture cure pemphigus vulgaris? Need expert opinions!

Can accupuncture cure pemphigus vulgaris? Need expert opinions!

Cure - doubtful: Acupuncture may help to reduce pain associated with pemhigus vulgaris. Major energy moving treatments may help with skin health in general. However - acupuncture is not likely to cure this autoimmune disorder. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture cure a medical condition known as chronic tensin headache?

Acupuncture: May not "cure" chronic tension headaches but it can be a safe, effective way to treat them. The effects of acupuncture can also help to prevent them. Take care. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cure hammer toes?

Can acupuncture cure hammer toes?

Cure? not likely: Acupuncture has not been clinically proven to cure hammer toes. It may definitely help with the pain and inflammation however. Discuss treatment options with your foot doctor. ...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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Help please! is acupuncture an effective way to cure back and neck pain?

Help please! is acupuncture an effective way to cure back and neck pain?

Often- yes: I completely agree with dr. Yang. It is important to have chronic or severe pain assessed by your physician. Acupuncture can improve many types of back pain by breaking down ashi or trigger points. It removes obstructions in blood flow, lymph drainage, electrical conductivity & qi. It can help to improve range of motion. Talk to your physician about this great option. ...Read more

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Diabetic macular edema can be cure with acupuncture?

Diabetic macular edema can be cure with acupuncture?

Although : Acupuncture is used by some practioners to treat diabetic macular edema - i wasn't able to find research that directly addresses this. I encourage you to work w your opthamologist. More generalized acupuncture treatments to reinforce deficiencies of liver yin ; kidney yin as well as qi ; blood may augment treatment from your eye doctor. I can't provide any helpful info on use of localized >. ...Read more

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Help please! is acupuncture an effective way to cure abdominal pain?

Help please! is acupuncture an effective way to cure abdominal pain?

What's causing it? : May help with pain or stress (if you Believe in it enough). But the disease itself could be serious ( ? Appendicitis ? Heart pain? Bowel obstruction ?Gallbladder? Tumor?). Make sure it's nothing serious before you trust in acupuncture. If no serious pathology, could then attempt acupuncture. Feel better ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cure things like acne, obesity, dry skin, etc?

Can acupuncture cure things like acne, obesity, dry skin, etc?

Yes: Acupuncture can be used to treat (often not curing) obesity (with appetite suppression) ; acne. I don't know about dry skin by itself (why not just hydrate orally ; moisturize well). ...Read more

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Is it possible for acupuncture to cure things like acne, obesity, dry skin, etc?

Is it possible for acupuncture to cure things like acne, obesity, dry skin, etc?

Yes: there are acupuncture protocols for obesity, acne and other skin conditions. I have provided appetite control treatments to patients with excellent results. ...Read more

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Can getting acupuncture cure tennis elbow and shoulder bone spur?

Can getting acupuncture cure tennis elbow and shoulder bone spur?

Yes and no: Acupuncture is used to relief pain from a lot of problems, I do not believe it could cure bone spur. ...Read more

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Is it possible that acupuncture cure tennis elbow and shoulder bone spur?

Acupuncture will : Not heal a bone spur. However it can improve pain from a spur. Tennis elbow is often recurrent. Acupuncture can very effectively treat tennis elbow (but that doesn't always translate to a cure). ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cure erectile dysfunction by improving blood flow to the penis?

Can acupuncture cure erectile dysfunction by improving blood flow to the penis?

Cure?: I am not sure about curing it? Have you had a urologic evaluation? I would recommend that first to see if there is a medical condition that needs treatment. Auricular acupuncture can be beneficial for erectile dysfunction (note did not say cure). First things first- see urology. ...Read more

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Is it okay to shower after accupuncture?

Is it okay to shower after accupuncture?

Yes: There are a few limitations after acupuncture but showering is not one. I have my patients not do any strenuous exercise, consume alcohol, consume lots of sweets, and engage in sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more