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Does Acupuncture Work
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe good?: It works very well for many types of pain (as well as coxygeal pain) :) but - it does not work for all types of pain. ...Read more
Endorphin release: A large body of evidence proves that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, endogenous opiate-like substances. While this explains how acupuncture helps pain, it doesn't explain other proven benefits of acupuncture, so there are obviously other mechanisms at work too (like the chinese concept of meridians). Seenhttp://www.Medicalacupuncture.Org/acu_info/interviews/pomeranzart.Html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Placebo effect: Acupuncture has shown a strong palcebo effect in rheumatic conditions. Studies have been done in oa, ra, neck and back pain, and fibromyalgia. Obviously, just like any treatments either well studied or not, acupuncture will help some people with arthritis, but there is no strong evidence that it will help arthritis in general. It also can get expensive since insurance usually doesnt cover it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: A number of chemicals/neurotransmitters can be impacted by acupuncture: serotonin, norepinephrine, substance p, gaba, dopamine, b- endorphin, acth, dynorphins, leucine - enkephalin & methionine-enkephalin. Acupuncture also blocks obstructions in blood flow, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction and chi. Different forms of acupuncture have different impacts on the body. See below. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: Acupuncture is one method of affecting the nervous system- and thus the endocrine system. Everybody responds differently to acupuncture- some may have better responses for certain conditions. In the hands of an experienced practitioner, there is little risk in trying it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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