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How does acupuncture work?

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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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 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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How good does acupuncture work for pain?

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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How effective does acupuncture work for pain in my?

How effective does acupuncture work for pain in my?

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

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In western medicine terms, how does acupuncture work?

In western medicine terms, how does acupuncture work?

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 more

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Does acupuncture work for arthritis?

Does acupuncture work for arthritis?

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 more

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Does acupuncture work for severe arthritis?

Does acupuncture work for severe arthritis?

Possibly: Acupuncture can be helpful with the pain of arthritis however it will not change the damage that has been done to the joint by the arthritic process. Also acupuncture will not stop the natural progression of the arthritis. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture work on pain management?

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 more

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Does acupuncture work for primary dysmenorrhoea?

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 more

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