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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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