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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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Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

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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How many maladies can acupuncture be used to treat?

How many maladies can acupuncture be used to treat?

Multitude: There are villages in china that only have acupuncture medicine and herbal medicine. Acupuncture has been around since the second century bc and has been amazing in treating many maladies. ...Read more

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What can you expect the first time you try acupuncture?

What can you expect the first time you try acupuncture?

A/W Dr. Southard: Depending on the issue and the style of the practitioner - you might receive treatments with minimal examination/ history taking or you may undergo a comprehensive assessment using both Eastern and Western Medicine approaches. Most of my patients find acupuncture enjoyable. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma be treated with acupuncture?

Can glaucoma be treated with acupuncture?

Yes: Yes approp accupuncute has been shown to reduce ocular pressure, specifically manipulation of the ub, st and gb channels has been shown to be helpful. Would recommend as adjuvant therapy to traditional medical therapy, not first line treatment. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture treat cataracts?

Can acupuncture treat cataracts?

No: There is no relation ship between acupuncture and cataract improvement. Cataract surgery is terrific and the results wonderful. See your ophthalmologist and get rid of this nuisance and stop looking for alternative solutions proven not to work. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture treat back pain?

Does acupuncture treat back pain?

Successful Treatment: Acupuncture can be successful in treating backache, back pain, etc. Recent studies compare acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy. Chiropractic was shown to be best for back pain. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction to eliminate acute pain, and rehabilitation should be performed to stabilize for the long term. ...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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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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