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Dr. Siranush Cholakian Dr. Cholakian
Holistic Medicine
30 years in practice
Medical Academy, Higher Medical Institute of Varna
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How old do you have to be, to undergo acupuncture?

How old do you have to be, to undergo acupuncture?

Any age: Theoretically it could be used for a patient of any age. How young of a child you can treat it depends on the child itself. (how will the specific child accept the treatment).

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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


Dr. Ilana Newman Dr. Newman
Palliative Care
22 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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Can you tell me how to get a degree in acupuncture?

Can you tell me how to get a degree in acupuncture?

Oriental Med School: If you are not a medical doctor, you would have to enroll in an Oriental Medical School program after completing college. These are usually 4 year programs and most states require acupuncturists to take and pass a national board exam before they can be licensed to practice acupuncture.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it possible to get diarrhoea after acupuncture?

Is it possible to get diarrhoea after acupuncture?

Acupuncture: I did once. Another acupuncturist & I were practicing ear points. In order to become familiar with pts, she put in many, many needles in my ears (far more than we would ever do for treatment). It was very overstimulating to the bowel. There are specific protocols to help move material through the colon that could lead to lose stool. However, no, in general, acupuncture does cause this as a se.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Should acupuncture get rid of my anxiety:' (?

Should acupuncture get rid of my anxiety:' (?

Acupuncture: Is an excellent approach to anxiety. Suggest that it be combined with cognitive behavioral therapy or some other form of treatment to ensure long lasting effects.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What to do if I get acupuncture for migraines why does the practitioner rotate the needles during a session?

Acupuncture: Can be very beneficial in the treatment of migraine and other types of headaches. Twirling the needle rapidly during Chinese Scalp Acupuncture will stimulate the underlying brain structures to impact motor or sensory function of different areas of the body.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I tend to get a lot of anxiety and stress lately and one of my good friends suggest to me acupuncture. Is it really painful?

I tend to get a lot of anxiety and stress lately and one of my good friends suggest to me acupuncture. Is it really painful?

No, acupuncture: Is rarely painful. Well, I guess if the acupuncturist had really poor technique that could cause you pain. Most of my patients don't feel the insertions. It is very beneficial for anxiety and stress. Take care.

Dr. Neeoo Chin Dr. Chin
Fertility Medicine
36 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Is it safe to get acupuncture while pregnant?

Is it safe to get acupuncture while pregnant?

Yes: I perform acupuncture on my pregnant patients all the time. Make sure you are seeing a practitioner that is experienced in acupuncture though. There are points on the human body that can initiate labor and miscarriage.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is there a chance I might get acupuncture for osteoarthritis? I hope NOT!!!

Is there a chance I might get acupuncture for osteoarthritis? I hope NOT!!!

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a voluntary procedure. It can be very helpful in the treatment of osteoarthritis but will not cure the condition. It is usually painless.

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Dr. Gena Kluwe Dr. Kluwe
Internal Medicine
27 years in practice
Spartan Health Sciences University, School Of Medicine
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Is acupuncture an effective treatment to get pregnant?

Is acupuncture an effective treatment to get pregnant?

Not like: Having sex every other day mid-cycle with a fertile male is.

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz Dr. Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
21 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can you get nerve damage from doing acupuncture?

Can you get nerve damage from doing acupuncture?

unlikely: This would be a rare complication from acupuncture. Basically, it would be very painful if a needle was introduced into the nerve. You would experience pain well in advance of insertion into a nerve. Thus, an acupuncturist who is knows their points and needles gently would would likely not cause this problem.

Dr. Daniel Mass Dr. Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
42 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Is it possible to get nerve damage from acupuncture?

Is it possible to get nerve damage from acupuncture?

Yes: If the acupuncture needle sticks a nerve and is moved around. The needles should not be placed near a nerve.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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If I have a slipped disc, should I get surgery or use chinese medicine (acupuncture, etc.)?

I would consult: With a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon to know if you are a surgical candidate or not. I perform acupuncture on many patients who are not surgical candidates or patients whom the neurosurgeon desires to wait before doing surgery.

Dr. Neeoo Chin Dr. Chin
Fertility Medicine
36 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Went to acupuncture for back pain& anxiety. Was given 20 mins session&Chinese herbs. Was awake all night. Feel more anxious. Can I get back to normal?

Went to acupuncture for back pain& anxiety. Was given 20 mins session&Chinese herbs. Was awake all night. Feel more anxious. Can I get back to normal?

What normal?: By normal do you mean before your session (when you had pain and anxiety) or before you had pain and anxiety? That is a very unusual response to acupuncture and might be caused by anxiety instead of the treatment. The herbs generally take time to work but try stopping them to see if you feel better. If acupuncture made you feel worse its effects should wear off quickly. See my comment for more.

Dr. Padmavati Garvey Dr. Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Is it safe to get acupuncture during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get acupuncture during pregnancy?

Yes: But you want to see someone who is experienced with pregnant women. If it is a treatment that can be delayed until after delivery that might be better.

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Dr. Lauren Elson Dr. Elson
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
12 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Can acupuncture get rid of muscle aching?

Can acupuncture get rid of muscle aching?

Part of the plan: Acupuncture can be an excellent method of reducing muscle pain. The number of treatments required depends on how long the symptoms have been present and the inderlying diagnosis. Combined with the appropriate stretching and strengthening routine, it can be very useful.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Which acupuncture tricks to get rid of a headache and other pleases are considered effective?

Acupuncture: Chinese scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture can be very effective for treatment of headaches including migraines.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it possible that acupuncture can help get rid of a ganglion cyst?

Is it possible that acupuncture can help get rid of a ganglion cyst?

Acupuncture: I saw a ganglion cyst dissipate even though I was not using acupuncture needles in the area in or around the cyst. However, I imagine that it would likely become refilled with fluid.

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