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Korean Acupuncture Vs Chinese Acupuncture
Fertility methods failed so tried acupuncture & some chinese herbs. Now I find myself a few inches taller. Could those have caused that? I'm almost 34
Not likely: Female epiphyseal closure usually occurs (long bone growth extension) usually occurs by the time estrogen is in full "bloom" post puberty at age 16 or so and further potential growth ceases. The herbs may help you "stand up straighter" but not because of actual growth. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Fertility drugs & IUIs unsuccessful; heartbroken so tried acupuncture & chinese herbs. Worried about effects. Can either cause added height in a 37 YO?
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
Doc said unlikely that acupuncture or chinese herbs for infertility cause growth spurts but could either cause sudden 2-3 inch height increase in 36YO?
NO; check for cause: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help some cases of infertility (see Dr. Fowler's answer for details). It's unfortunate that Dr. Fisher is so sure of himself when he is obviously biased and knows nothing about Chinese medicine. While Chinese medicine helps many things it can't cause a growth spurt in a 36 yo. The most likely cause is a benign pituitary tumor raising HGH. Have your Dr. Test you. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What do you suggest if my child is sickle cell diseased and I was wondering if acupuncture or traditional chinese medicine can help as a supportive medicine?
Yes: Research has proven acupuncture to be surprisingly effective in treating infertility. It may be helpful on its own but can also be a very useful adjunct to conventional treatments, for example significantly increasing the success rate of ivf. Acupuncture is extremely safe- I have never seen it cause any negative effects. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Took Chinese herbs w/acupuncture for infertility. Read online they may contain growth hormones. In rare cases can they make adult over 35 grow taller?
No: Even if they contained Growth Hormone it is not effective orally; those who take growth hormone for various reasons take it by injection. Even adults who inject Growth Hormone don't grow taller; once the growth plates of our bones close (about 3 years after puberty for women) we can't grow taller. If an adult over 35 grows taller check for pituitary tumors, but even those rarely increase height. Read more
No: Sickle cell anemia is a genetic condition where the hemoglobin made for red cells is defective. There is no cure other than a bone marrow transplant, if the patient could tolerate this risky procedure. Acupuncture may prove a benefit in handling some of the pain episodes, but it will not change the genes. Read more
My child is sickle cell diseased and I was wondering if acupuncture or traditional chinese medicine can help as a supportive medicine? Are there other alternative therapies?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
No: Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years. Now it enjoys a revival and is spreading out through many advanced economically and culturally countries. The existence of the acupuncture points and energy channels was scientifically proven- points and pathways with low electro-magnetic resistance. They create a complete functional network like the nervous system for example. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer