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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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Can you use acupuncture to treat cataracts?

Can you use acupuncture to treat cataracts?

Is not effective: Cataracts are opacities (cloudy spots or spots that block light from passing through) in the lens. The lens is originally clear, and changes its shape to focus on what a person looks at. It is in the eyeball, behind the colored iris and the pupil. Cataracts form after many years of sunlight (uv) exposure and from causes such as prolonged Prednisone use. Acupuncture does not help cataracts. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture helpful to manage any arrhythmias?

Is acupuncture helpful to manage any arrhythmias?

Categorically NO!: I know of no indication or recognized treatment of accupuncture for treating arrhythmia. It is not a choice i would make and i would be very, very cautious to know the risks involved and any other treatments recommended and certainly the advice of the participating physician (cardiologist/electrophysiologist). Be careful! be very careful! ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help treat heart disease?

Only if it relaxes: No randomized controlled trial is ever shown a cardiovascular benefits of acupuncture, however if it relaxes you and thereby lowers your blood pressure, there may be some effect. ...Read more

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What do experts consider effective ways to help cure a viral throat problem?

What do experts consider effective ways to help cure a viral throat problem?

Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Keep reading >>>. ...Read more

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I want to try an alternative arthritis treatment. What's safe?

I want to try an alternative arthritis treatment. What's safe?

Arthritis: Alternative arthritis treatments, which are far more than can be mentioned in 400 letters, are often safe, but often ineffective. Glucosame has some positive effect on arthritis, but most are no better than placebo (help about 30% of those who try it). Most physicians do not recommend treatments that have no more benefit than a placebo, but most patients with arthritis try them anyway. ...Read more

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Is it safe to try alternative therapies to treat copd?

Is it safe to try alternative therapies to treat copd?

Depends: What are the alternative therapies and are these in place of standard treatment? For instance massage and exercise programs are beneficial and safe. Questionable medications, herbal supplements and accupuncture have little evidence to support their use. ...Read more

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What do experts consider effective ways to cure heart burn?

What do experts consider effective ways to cure heart burn?

Here few: Avoid food that cause you heartburn: acid fruits, coffee, carbonated sodas, spicy/hot meals, garlic, etc. Don't eat and go to bed;loose weight;avoid tight cloths;exercise;may be try eat 6 smaller meals a day; avoid fry fatty meals; research internet for healthy diet; if continue consult ur doctor for possible endoscopy to r/o hiatal hernia and bacteria h.Pylori. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do experts consider effective ways to relieve fibromyalgia pain?

Studied therapies: Experts would regard studies reported to be efficacious in the medical literature as effective for fibromyalgia pain. These would include graded physical exercise, especially aquatherapy, yoga, and medicinal cannabis. The FDA has approved Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella (milnacipran) as effective pharmacologics for at least partial pain control in fibromyalgia sufferers. ...Read more

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How do you treat shingles with acupuncture?

How do you treat shingles with acupuncture?

Pain of dermatome: The pain from shingles is in a dermatome. Use of acupuncture can stimulate nerves in a different way and thereby diminish the perception of pain to the cortex. The pain fibers become less dominant as the acupuncture dilutes the input to the brain. This relaxes the patient and could decrease pain in that way, too. ...Read more

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Can I take effective herbal therapies to treat a legionnaires' disease?

Not recommended: While herbal therapies can be effective for a number of conditions, legionnaires' disease can cause a life-threatening pneumonia due to the bacteria, legionella. Treatment with antibiotics usually cures the disease. If you have pontiac fever, (legionella infection without pneumonia) antibiotics are often not necessary and the disease resolves spontaneously. ...Read more

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PT place is treating Scatia. Any other remedies? Already on Baclofen for spasticity. Want to rid pain, but want to know if another med can help?

PT place is treating Scatia. Any other remedies? Already on Baclofen for spasticity. Want to rid pain, but want to know if another med can help?

Possibly: You are already doing two important treatment modalities for sciatica. Other options include Anti- inflammatories such as Advil or Aleve or prescription medications. Acetaminophen like Tylenol and in some rarer cases short courses of steroids like prednisone. However you would need to talk with your physician and make sure these are safe options for you based on your medical history. Good luck ...Read more

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Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

No, but: You do need protection from HIV infection and hepatitis if the acupuncturist reuses their needles. Be sure you go to someone who is reputable. ...Read more

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Do you need a prescription to effectively treat toe fungus? Or do some OTC medicines work okay?

Do you need a prescription to effectively treat toe fungus? Or do some OTC medicines work okay?

FDA: None of the OTC antifungals have formal FDA approval for treatment of onychomycosis. That being said, you can still use them. Lack of FDA approval does not mean they are dangerous to use; they just have not been studied enough in treatment of nail fungus. Personally, I find the success rate to be almost zero. ...Read more

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What do experts consider effective ways to relieve stress?

What do experts consider effective ways to relieve stress?

Many: Depending on what appeals to you -- exercise like running or jumping jacks; dancing to music with a beat helps shake out stress; quieter ways include taking a walk in nature; yoga; tai chi; qi gong; meditation; guided visualization; playing with kids or pets; gardening; breathing exercises; journaling; watching a comedy movie or tv show; talking with friends & laughing, etc. And more! ...Read more

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Do people use acupuncture for infertility treatments?

Yes: I use acupuncture every day in combination with traditional western infertility treatment for my patients. Acupuncture is thought to improved ovarian, uterine, and pituitary bloodflow. It's thought to balance the chi within our bodies which is the life force energy. ...Read more

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How do you use acupressure points for relieving various pains?

How do you use acupressure points for relieving various pains?

When you have pain: Explore painful area with your fingers, to find pain points (knots, tension) apply slow firm pressure at a 90 degree angle from the surface of your skin. There are over 400 acupressure points/trigger points in the body. ...Read more

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Recommended dosage of cimetidine for 20 yr old to treat paintful plantar wart? Other OTCs not working, want to try this before more invasive measures.

Recommended dosage of cimetidine for 20 yr old to treat paintful plantar wart? Other OTCs not working, want to try this before more invasive measures.

800mg BID: The average dose I use in stubborn warts is 800mg twice a day for the average 150 lb person. Cimetidine usually won't work by itself for warts. The theory behind a H2 antihistamine is that chronic warts are sensitive to moisture and PH changes. Tagamet (cimetidine) will lower gastric Acid over time causing overall body PH to increase slightly. Use with a topical wart remover. Also keep feet dry. ...Read more

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I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for circumscribed scleroderma?

I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for circumscribed scleroderma?

NOT AS SEVERE: Scleroderma is a fascinating disease and has 3 main types, diffuse, limited and localized also known as morphea. Diffuse scleroderma is the most severe. Circumscribed scleroderma or morphea tends to mean a localized area of thickened skin. This tends to be less severe with few compications of other organs which is typical of diffuse scleroderma. Treament is limited. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

A very serious infection of the inner lining of the heart and heart valves caused ...Read more