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Is there such thing as non-needle acupuncture?
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, in a sense...
Technically acupuncture involves using needles but one may have similar benefits by applying pressure (acupressure), lasers, colored lights and or a mild electrical current to acupuncture points.
While many people are concerned about the needles used in acupuncture, they are very thin and barely penetrate the skin so the discomfort is quite minimal. But these alternatives can be quite effective...

In brief: Yes, in a sense...
Technically acupuncture involves using needles but one may have similar benefits by applying pressure (acupressure), lasers, colored lights and or a mild electrical current to acupuncture points.
While many people are concerned about the needles used in acupuncture, they are very thin and barely penetrate the skin so the discomfort is quite minimal. But these alternatives can be quite effective...
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
This is going to be complex, but here it goes. Gunn, MD has a parallel therapy using the acupuncture needle to stimulate trigger points. Gunn takes the needle away from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and uses the needle as a tool to unlock these tight band in muscles. TPs are the tears and errors in muscles that cause pain and disability. TP therapy is call Myofascial therapy and is in a whole realm itself. Myofascial Release therapy is a therapy used to treat all types of arthritic and rheumatismal problems. What is MFR therapy; 1. (Hands-on)stretching, yoga, formal MFR as per John Barnes, massage, acupressure, using the T-cane bar, rollers and estim plus cold lasers. 2. (stainless steel needles) Once you use a needle you break into a new level of therapy. Acupuncture, dry needling, Gunn-IMS, travell, MD trigger point injection. (i have references, just ask)
Dr. Jeremy E Kaslow
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Almost any form of energy can be used to stimulate acupuncture points including electrical impulses, magnets, seeds, injections, essential oils, acupressure, lasers, heat, etc.
Interestingly, patients differ in their response to one type of acupuncture point stimulation. Some do best with needles while others do best with laser, etc.

In brief: Yes
Almost any form of energy can be used to stimulate acupuncture points including electrical impulses, magnets, seeds, injections, essential oils, acupressure, lasers, heat, etc.
Interestingly, patients differ in their response to one type of acupuncture point stimulation. Some do best with needles while others do best with laser, etc.
Dr. Jeremy E Kaslow
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: Acupressure
You may be referring to acupressure.

In brief: Acupressure
You may be referring to acupressure.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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