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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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Will acupuncture help my trigger finger?

Will acupuncture help my trigger finger?

Not Sure?: Acupuncture is usually helpful for relieving pain. While trigger fingers do hurt, the pain is coming from the mechanical irritation of the tendon. Acupuncture is unlikely to help this type of pain. You usually need an anti-inflammatory pill or injection. ...Read more

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Are there any acupuncture points on the body that can trigger an instant orgasm upon pressure?

Are there any acupuncture points on the body that can trigger an instant orgasm upon pressure?

Not that I know of.: There are auricular protocols for decreased libido - but i don't know of a button to push for an instant orgasm. ...Read more

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Severe vomiting and diarrhea for up to 12 hours straight on same day as massage or acupuncture. Could pressure points trigger this?

Severe vomiting and diarrhea for up to 12 hours straight on same day as massage or acupuncture. Could pressure points trigger this?

?: I can't understand how that can happen. Were you also drinking some herbal tea or taking some herbal preparation with the procedure? Obviously if something makes you sick , you should stop getting it. Question? Does this occur also with another acupuncturist ? ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help with mytonia?

Does acupuncture help with mytonia?

No: Acupuncture provides only temporary relief. It works similar to the concept of purposely promoting pain in one area to block pain impulses in another area. It's only fascinating because of the whole concept. Myotonia is an abnormality in the electrical conduction system in the region were the nerve meets the muscle. It may provide brief relief at best. ...Read more

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Does the acupuncture procedure hurt?

For some patients: In some patient's it can be painful, in some not at all. In fact some patients find the procedure incredibly relaxing and fall asleep during the treatment. ...Read more

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Who all can benefit from acupuncture?

Everyone: Acupuncture has had a fair bit of research supporting its useful role in modern medicine. Some reasonably good med schools such as harvard ;-) have even started offering it as an elective in their curriculum. Many insurance companies will even pay for it! give it a shot and see what can do for you. ...Read more

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How good does acupuncture work for pain?

It depends: For certain painful conditions acupuncture can be very helpful; major surgery has been performed using acupuncture as the only anesthetic! but every person/situation is unique, so the only way to see how it works for you is to try it. And, or course, there are different styles/techniques of acupuncture, so some acupuncturists may help you more than others. ...Read more

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Does insurance generally cover acupuncture?

Does insurance generally cover acupuncture?

Not generally: There seem to be more insurance companies that cover acupuncture in California. Some policies do cover acupuncture. Check your policy. Take care. ...Read more

Endorphins (Definition)

Endorphins are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during ...Read more