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Old 11-29-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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anyone try it? i have a friend that has the same arthritis that i do and we were on the same meds but now she is doing acupuncture and taking no meds at all.

just doesn't seem right to stick needles in my body.
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I've heard people tout the success of acupuncture, but I'm not sure the success was due to the needles stuck in their body. A lot of alternative medicine works on a psychological basis.
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Doozer, acupuncture has been working for people for over 8000 years. It's worked amazingly well for me for many things. Chinese medicine isn't just about needles either. A good acupuncturist also uses very powerful herbs. I've had great success with Chinese herbs where all else has failed. Alternative medicine works for me much better than traditional western medicine and I promise you it isn't merely psychological. I was told 2 months ago by 4 different doctors that I absolutely needed surgery for uterine fibroids, that there was nothing else to be done, and they were all 100% wrong. In less than 2 months, my fibroids have completely shrunk using alternative medicine. I can't wait to show each doctor the ultrasound results. Ha!
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I know quite a few people who swear by acupuncture. The thought of lying there with rather long needles sticking every which way - I dont know but from what people say, poking yourself with long pointing things helps them.
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It doesn't hurt at all. One time the doctor missed taking one of them out and I didn't even know it was there until I started getting dressed and my shirt brushed against it, lol.

I forgot to say, Doozer, that arthritis is one of the things acupuncture works very, very well for. I also had a bad ankle sprain once but was able to get in to see the acupuncturist the very next morning and the sprain was 95% gone by the next morning after treatment. I'd had two previous sprains that I had not treated with acupuncture and I limped around for weeks. Acupuncture literally healed this one overnight. It was a very dramatic recovery.

There is a documentary out now called "Seeing Dr. Zhao" on an acupuncturist I've seen many times. Unfortunately now have to see one who is on my insurance plan but Zhao is actually the best I've seen. He's so cute standing there in front of his herbs. http://www.seeingdrzhao.com/
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Thanks Joyfulgirl.....I am going to do some research on this becuz like Doozer I have arthritis that seems to get worse as I age and especially at this time of year. It sucks and I don't like taking all the medication. I don't like needles, but I am curious about this ancient treatment and wonder if it IS more of a mind over matter kind of thing.....I am open minded and willing to try anything once though. That's amazing hearing how quickly a sprained ankle of yours healed because I had a bad sprain earlier this year that took WEEKS to heal and I was sooo frustrated.
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I don't like needles, but I am curious about this ancient treatment and wonder if it IS more of a mind over matter kind of thing....
I am curious why people think alternative medicine is more mind over matter than western medicine is. But good luck. You just never know what will work for you until you try it. And I would also recommend trying more than one acupuncturist if you don't get the results you'd like, just like you would with an MD. So much depends on the skill of the DOM. If that sounds expensive, see if there are any acupuncture schools in your area. At the one here students give treatments under the DOM's supervision for something like $15. In fact, one of the best treatments I ever had was from a student.
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Carek1230, I have a friend who has arthritis, and takes acupuncture and it has helped her so much. The only down side about it , her insurance does not cover it.
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Re: Acupuncture

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anyone try it? i have a friend that has the same arthritis that i do and we were on the same meds but now she is doing acupuncture and taking no meds at all.

just doesn't seem right to stick needles in my body.
Ive had all together maybe 20 hours of needles being stuck in me ( tattoos). If it is a possible treatment for your pain, do it. What if it works? Think of all the pain you have gone thru with arthritis already. There is no way a few sessions can be as unbearable as all you have already been thru. Think of this quote from Chopra " all the things you fear, you have already been through". You're an Estrada, you can do it!
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thanks everyone. my friend Lisa and I go to the same docs so if I get referred I only have a $5 co-pay. i am just leary i guess but hell, i get blood drawn and iv's every 6 weeks so i have my share of needles.
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but hell, i get blood drawn and iv's every 6 weeks so i have my share of needles.
Acupuncture is nothing like that!!! Take a needle and touch it to your skin very lightly and that is more than what you'll feel. The experience bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to putting a needle into a vein. Go and tell us all about it.
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both my mother and i have had acupuncture and we've had mixed results.

she started treatments about 18 months ago for her extreme arthritis that was practically crippling her .. after about six months of treatments she dramatically improved and now with minimal sessions she is as limbar as she was 5 years ago. i'm so happy that this was able to help her, and that can lift up her grandchildren again.

as for me, a few months ago i had treatments on my neck and back for car accident injuries, about two times a week for six weeks. by that 12th session i noticed minimal improvement and an increase in tension headaches over the duration of treatments. i haven't given up on acupuncture yet, just will find a more qualified specialist that will incorprate herbal medications before i go somewhere again.

enduring the treatments was only mildy uncomfortable. i'm very squemish of needles and was really freaked out before my appointment, but found that the needles are so tiny that i couldn't even tell i was being poked in my neck, back, hands or ankles .. and even though i tollerated the sessions i wouldn't let him put any in my head .. that's going to far.

during some of the treatments i received electric stimulation on a few of the needles and found that felt great on the tense muscles. along with treatments my doctor also performed a 'chinese fire-cupping' technique that was great for streching my muscles but left a really akward bruise from the suction.

if you are expiriencing any pain and are also sick of having to take manufactured meciation, then i think it would be great for you to try an alternative medicine that just may help you manage the arthritis pain. just remember that reducing your discomfort is definitely worth any attempt .. the sessions are no more than an hour .. you can endure.
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i wouldn't let him put any in my head .. that's going to far.
It might really help those tension headaches if you let him needle you around your sinuses.
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It might really help those tension headaches if you let him needle you around your sinuses.

around my sinuses .. your makin me dizzy just thinking about it
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around my sinuses .. your makin me dizzy just thinking about it
C'mon, you can do it! You won't even know they're there until suddenly your sinuses open up and the headache is gone.
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