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ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,203
6/5/13 9:21 P

My friend in town is 74, has been going for acupuncture for 12 yrs. for low back pain, hip pain and knee pain, it works for a few hours or a few days, depending on what she does after the appt. She tried it for weight loss, but didn't buy the deal the acupuncturist wanted to sell her, that included a whole bunch of supplements, but she is still going for the regular would think, after all these years, she would figure out, it isn't going to cure anything at all.

READYRISA Posts: 21,937
6/5/13 8:32 P

I have started acupuncture for heavy/painful periods- cramps- pms since April. It is working!

REENIE131 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/22/12 11:00 P

I've had acupuncture several times and had really great results with it...especially for sinus issues.

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12/22/12 10:42 P

I've had tremendous success with acupunture after being diagnosed with arthritis three years ago. I started out on some pretty intense medications from a rheumatologist and am now at the point that the rheumatologist has told me I can come off all of my is my decision. I have no lingering joint pain anywhere in my body. I got rid of an enormous amount of inflammation also. The only "side effects" I had were intense heaviness (not sure how to describe it) in my body (kind of like feeling I was wiped out with the flu or something - minus the fever/other symptoms) the days following treatment during the first few months. The 2nd day after therapy, this achiness would always just disappear and I would feel better than ever. I owe a lot to acupuncture and still use it periodically.

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12/16/12 8:23 A

I have in the past had occassion to have used acupucture. Differing purposes, no doubt could well result in completely different procedures and responses to the procedures, besides differing person to person responses to the identical procedure.

I had no pain during the procedures. Having a local "response" would be of minor concern or note to me. Headache or such after the procedure is probably not uncommon and I had minor dull head "buzz" or "achy-ness" afterwards.

( Probably used for very different conditions and treatments and results. However, here I have had much more experience with acupressure rather than acupuncture. For my purposes the results were shocking/astounding/phenominal. )

To me it would seem that the knowlege, experience and hands of the practitioner would be of significant importance.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/16/12 7:33 A

I definitely agree with Bluenose.
Ensure you see certificates or have researched the person so you know they are well trained.
Also, how do they treat their needles? Do they "sanitize" and re-use, or use fresh each time?
Some people are trained to re-use

BLUBEL1 Posts: 1,003
12/16/12 5:27 A

I used it for menopausal symptoms and it really helped. Would do it again.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
12/15/12 11:32 P

I've used acupuncture to help treat a severely injured back. It helped with the pain tremendously, although I did end up requiring surgery to fix the problem. However, for many months acupuncture was the only thing that provided relief from a pinched nerve in my lower back that affected my right leg and foot. I went from having unrelenting pain down my leg and in my foot to pain to my knee, then in my thigh, then only in my hip until finally the pain was mostly gone. It did eventually return and would not subside with acupuncture, but I would use acupuncture again.
That being said, I did sometimes have some dizziness and a bit of a headache at the end of a session. Nothing too severe, and not enough to keep me from doing it again. I also had a little bit of soreness from the placement of the needles which I talked over with my provider and she tried to find places that wouldn't cause soreness, but still treat the problem at hand. I had a lovely provider who was knowledgeable, well-trained, with lots of experience. Those things are really important if you're new to acupuncture.

MILTONS1 Posts: 3,708
12/15/12 5:52 P

it didn't really do anything for me

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12/15/12 8:17 A

Make sure you are dealing with a person who has studied accupuncture as they need to be certified in "needling" techniques

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/15/12 7:38 A

I found it helped, when I had a "frozen" shoulder.
I have a previous injury in that area, and it sometimes flares up.
He was the only person who could touch it (do anything to relieve it) for the longest while.

There are various types, just as there are various types of chiropractors, etc.
Each one brings their own personality to the craft, and I'm sure it also depends on where they've been trained.

Prior to seeing this particular person, I had spoken to one, and he was all about odd things and auras and stuff that had nothing to do with the problem at hand. I think he just wanted to sell me a bunch of stuff from his store.

So, if you don't feel comfortable with this one, and have options; shop around.

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12/15/12 6:06 A

I found it very effective. Would / will do it again

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12/15/12 5:59 A


I've had acupuncture sessions a bunch of times and have never experienced any side effects. Does it work ? I've found that it definitely did help me recover from two injuries. I was stunned at what a difference even one session had. Now, while it did work in two instances, it did not help my knee. In that case, I really am looking at surgery down the road.

I would say that acupuncture can help for some things, but not for all. It really depends on what you're going in for. I've always found acupuncture very relaxing. nearly fell asleep during one session.

Will it work ? It works for me, but individual results will vary.

12/15/12 3:40 A

There are no side effects you just get rid of the pain. Only seven sessions were enough to get rid of my migraines and the pain on my arms. The same time it did wonders on my stress levels. Just make sure you find somebody who's experience.

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
12/15/12 12:32 A

No, but I am thinking about trying it for my migraines.

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12/14/12 10:51 P

no experience.. but i'm extremely curious!

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
12/14/12 10:29 P


LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
12/14/12 10:26 P

I have not had acupuncture myself, but my sister has and is now studying to become an acupuncturist herself. I am not sure what you are having it for but she reports.... herself experiencing and witnessing amazing results in some instances (including relating to emotional disorders). She says that acupuncture itself can at times be painful and she can see the skin around a needle sometimes go red in response while the needle is in. After effects like headaches due to detoxing etc she also says are common - as with massage.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/14/12 10:19 P

I recently began acupuncture treatment and would like to hear of others experiences with it. What you liked, or didn't...
if you felt it benefited or not...
What symptoms/side effects you experienced...

Any info and stories would be very interesting to me. Thanks!

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