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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). ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do children get general anesthesia when they get acupuncture?

Do children get general anesthesia when they get acupuncture?

No: Agree with Dr. Xanthopoulous. Usually acupuncture is painless or near painless. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Is it possible to get good results using acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia pain?

Is it possible to get good results using acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia pain?

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

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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?

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?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a viable option. It is safe and effective. However, I always make it a policy to ensure that the primary physician is also in agreement before I offer this service to a patient. ...Read more

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Root canal tongue started tingling no visual went to acupuncture, chiro. Dentist- get guard possible grinding. Endodotist ok. Oral tooth surg?

Root canal tongue started tingling no visual went to acupuncture, chiro. Dentist- get guard possible grinding. Endodotist ok. Oral tooth surg?

Hard to understand: If your tongue tingled during the root canal procedure, than that could have been from the anesthesia. You have too many specialties listed and for that reason hard to answer your question completely. ...Read more

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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

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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......?

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

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How is acupuncture?

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

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What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?

A/W Dr. Southard: Acupuncture uses needles (and other treatments) to balance qi (life energy) & to correct obstructions in blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction & movement of Qi to treat many different health conditions. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

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

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Can acupuncture hurt?

Can acupuncture hurt?

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