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How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Acupuncture
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
I had my first session of acupuncture for stress and insomnia and I am worse than ever! Does one get worse before better?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
If I would soon get acupuncture for my nose problems, can I still go to school during them? I am in the ninth grade and I do need to learn.
Agree w Dr. Baker: You can be fully functioning after acupuncture treatments. Auricular (ear) acupuncture done with semi-permanent needles can remain in place for 1 to 7 days with continual treatment. However you wouldn't be so likely to have regular needles in place during classes. I usually tell my patients not to exercise for at least 4 hours before or after a treatment. ...Read more
EastWest Integrative: Medication management is the first line of treatment. 60-70% of patients will be controlled with medications. The medication is titrated to the point of pain control or the inability of the patient to tolerate the side effects. At this point I use acupuncture/acupressure to ameliorate side effects and tapper down medications. ...Read more
My mother in law is a kideney transplant patient. She is having back pains. Can she get acupuncture or can she take pain meds? If yes, which one?
Root canal tongue started tingling no visual went to acupuncture, chiro. Dentist- get guard possible grinding. Endodotist ok. Oral tooth surg?
Can acupuncture and Chinese herbs get rid or help eye floaters since they help treat the proteins?
Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese medicine providers report that strengthening kidney and liver Qi can help eye health (to include floaters). As an acupuncturist, I have not treated ophthalmological problems - so I can not comment on efficacy. I am not qualified to comment on the use of medicinal herbs. ...Read more
16 year old golfer with sports injury in his back in May 2016, re-injured July 2016 playing squash, 2 MRI's done. What might cause ongoing pain......?
Is there instability?: One consideration is to do flexing and extending xrays. If there is motion that would explain the persistent pain. The MRI can show a stress fracture but sometimes it is hard to tell due to motion artifact. Given the lack of agreement I would bite the bullet and get a SPECT bone scan. If negative then push forward with core strengthening with a physiatrist and physical therapist. If it is a stress fracture and it is not healing you could consider a bone stimulator as an off label treatment. I published one case where this was done successfully in a 17 year old elite gymnast. ...Read more
I would say that: > 90% of the patient's I treat with acupuncture rave about it. However, acupuncture needs to be used for issues where it is indicated. It doesn't treat all conditions. Sometimes it is best as an adjunct with standard medical treatment. Western and eastern medicine can often fit hand in hand with excellent results. ...Read more
For many conditions.: According to world health organization 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, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more
Not usually: Often times insertions are not felt by the person receiving acupuncture. When felt it may feel like a tiny prick as it enters the skin - however using the "push the finger" technique will usually prevent that. There are a few acupuncture points which are painful to needle but there are alternative sites for most of those. Most needles have a tiny diameter. ...Read more
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