Acupuncture

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  1. Benjamin

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    Apparently, I'm going to be learning some acupuncture techniques in my Physical Therapy Electromodality classes.

    I'll know more tomorrow...but treating imbalances to Yin and Yang and stimulation of certain points to improve the flow of Qi energy??? Maybe...certainly...I would think that we're maybe just using these "points" for E-stem use; I can't imagine sticking metal needles into people...or worse yet being a guinea pig for my fellow students. :eek:

    Anyone have any experiences with this? Opinions?
     
  2. Don

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    I've had acupuncture a couple of times, and always left feeling better than before the needles. Yin, yang, and qi; nah, just eastern mysticism. Inserting a needle into a nerve point is like pressure-point massage. It encourages that muscle or nerve cluster to relax; and since most muscles are connected to other muscles/muscle groups, getting one to relax can relieve the compensation the other muscles were doing.

    Don't need the mysticism, just the anatomy.
     
  3. DiamondLady

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    Yes, and it works! I don't know about the Yin and Yang stuff but if one is willing to clear their mind and not be running through their day planner it does work to ease pain and bring relaxation to those muscles and nerves.

    P.S. Those needles are so fine you never feel them.
     
  4. SaggyWoman

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    I have never had it done, but I have heard of situations where it has helped people with different things, like weight loss.
     
  5. Scarlett O.

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    I'll just tell you about my brother's experience. It's a repeat of a story I've already told here, but you did ask....

    My brother is 48 years old and in August of 2007, he had a hernia surgery during which he had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia and developed post-surgery vomiting, hiccups, and profuse internal bleeding. He also went into kidney failure.

    He almost died.

    In 8 days, eight different doctors, very capable and credible, saw him and tried to keep him from dying. The surgery doctor, the chief hospital doctor, 3 kidney specialists, 2 gastroinstestinal specialists, and a neurologist.

    My father was at the point of making funeral arrangements. My mother was a basket case. He couldn't stop vomiting up bile nor hiccuping. He could not eat nor barely sleep. He had to be fed through a tube like a cancer patient.

    Finally, his surgery doctor came in after 8 days and said that he was sending him downstairs to the acupuncturist. My father, being the conservative Christian that he is, jumped up and said, "NO!". My mentally handicapped brother, from his bed said, "What would it hurt?" So we went - my father and I - as they wheeled his bed downstairs.

    A man in green scrubs came in and introduced himself as the acupuncturist. He told my brother that he was going to give him a little "cocktail" and send him on a little nap and when he woke up that he would feel better.

    It was almost laughable - except it wasn't funny.

    He placed five needles total - on his forehead, feet, and chest. After that he turned to walk away - and my brother fell immediately asleep.

    When he came back in 20-25 minutes, he removed the needles and my brother woke up. The first thing that he said was, "Do you think I could get something to eat - maybe some mashed potatoes?"

    And he didn't hiccup again nor vomit.

    He went home two days later and after four years his creatine level has returned to normal.

    I asked the doctor why he prescribed this treatment. He said that he, himself, uses it for nauseau. He said that once he had to perform surgery and that he was violently sick. He knew that he couldn't take medication because it would alter his reflexes and thinking skills. The same acupuncturists told him that he could fix his nauseau and he did - with two needles on the side of his head.

    He said that most doctors don't beleive in it, but he does after using it personally. There were never any discussion of religion, chi, spirituality, nor any such thing. There was only an insertion of needles and a healing.

    I don't believe that acupuncture healed my brother. I believe that the LORD healed my brother via acupuncture when nothing else - and I literally mean nothing else would.
     
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  6. Jon-Marc

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    I had one free session of acupuncture and definitely felt temporary relief from my constant pain. If I could afford to have it done on a regular basis, I would.
     
  7. Rippon

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    I've used it several times in Korea. Once in particular, it gave me a lot of relief from neck pain. I haven't used in China yet. China is the king of Oriental medicine in all forms.
     
  8. Benjamin

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    Interesting testimonies. I’ve found out I will not be inserting needles into to people but will be locating acupuncture meridian areas to use as treatment sites for electrical stimulations. There is a separate license for the insertion of the needles and there are others that have combined PT electromodalities with acupuncture treatments, so the possibility remains

    After some of the things I have learned since going into this field I don't think I would be quick to discount that benefits could be gained through acupuncture.
     

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