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Is there a limit to have many times I can have acupuncture every week?

Is there a limit to have many times I can have acupuncture every week?

No: No, but realistically that could be quite expensive to have accupuncture more than 1-2 times a week. The only limit would probably be your insurance and your pocketbook... And of course how much free time you have. ...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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A chiropractor diagnosed me with scoliosis which was obvious in X-ray. He prescribed adjustment and acupuncture 3 times/week for 1 mo. Is this right?

A chiropractor diagnosed me with scoliosis which was obvious in X-ray. He prescribed adjustment and acupuncture 3 times/week for 1 mo. Is this right?

I will address your: question regarding acupuncture. Acupuncture will not cure or 'fix' scoliosis. However, it can be very beneficial in reducing pain, inflammation and reduced range of motion. ...Read more

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Doing acupuncture for the 1st time within the next 3 weeks to help my depression problem. Is it a long term effective treatment for depression?

Doing acupuncture for the 1st time within the next 3 weeks to help my depression problem. Is it a long term effective treatment for depression?

Not complete: Acupuncture may help with some of the symptoms of depression and can be a part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The good thing about it is that there are no side effects. As you feel better, if you find it helpful, you may opt to have booster treatments. ...Read more

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Having pain in back of neck and shoulders. This is from being on laptop for 4 weeks for break. Had acupuncture, aspirin and ice. What else can I do?

Having pain in back of neck and shoulders. This is from being on laptop for 4 weeks for break.  Had acupuncture, aspirin and ice. What else can I do?

Cervical spasms: It appears you have cervical spasm and possible nerve root irritation. At your age and lack of additional history about prior neck trauma, would recommend otc advil, or aleve (naproxen) and a heating pad. If that does not work would recommend an evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Heat lamp on my stomach 5-6 weeks pregnant during acupuncture. Acupuncturist said it was low and ok but i'm worried it hurt baby? I didn't feel too hot.

No need to worry: There appears to be increased risk of a birth defect called neural tube defect by having your entire body heated up in early pregnancy, so it's advised to not sit in a hot tub over about 102 degrees for more than 10 minutes in early pregnancy, but that is because a hot tub can increase your core body temperature. It is not possible that a heat lamp would raise core body temp. So no risk at all. ...Read more

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On average, how long will acupuncture last for?

# of treatments ?: Number of treatments depends. For an acute strain/ sprain you may only need 1 to 3 sessions. However, for chronic problems- it may require 12 or more sessions and possibly maintenance treatment. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help you with weight reduction?

Does acupuncture help you with weight reduction?

Maybe, maybe not: If a person snacks or eats more when he is stressed out, then acupuncture might decrease stress and eating. If he is at the acupuncture clinic, then he is not at the grocery store, the bar, or the restaurant, so he is getting fewer calories. However, if he is getting acupuncture instead of jogging, biking, or swimming, then he is burning fewer calories . . . And might not lose weight in that case. ...Read more

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Why do a lot of people say acupuncture is a scam?

See below: Most new approaches are viewed with skepticism in the us, and the fda has not really fully studied acupuncture, and insurance companies rarely cover it. However, may work well with pain control and migraine headaches. Worthwhile having 3 or 4 sessions, and if it hasn't helped by then, unlikely to work well in future. ...Read more

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