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05-24-2006, 05:18 AM #1
Acupuncture - what did it do for you?
I'm not that keen on complimentary treatments, but yesterday my physio did acupuncture on my right knee - the knee that has been the subject of a previous thread here.
For those who are in the know, she put three needles in my gall bladder meridian and one in my foot. She then put one in at Stomach Meridian point 36 - I think this last one was just forher satisfaction because it was more painful than the others.
The immediate effect was fantastic because it was so different. I felt a localised jolt - a bit lik a small electric charge just after the needle went in. After all needles were placed, the ones I couldn't feel were rotated and I expereinced pain/electrial thump locally around the needle.
I have to be honest though, one day later and my knee feels bruised and less mobile. I did not feel the pain relief that I had anticipated either.
Glad I tried it, I'm sure it works for some, but I don't think it's for me.Not around much these days.
05-24-2006, 10:50 AM #2
no lie, after countless docotrs and medical bills and diagnosis's my brother was cured of his lifelong extreme allergy problem (put him in the hospital alot) by TWO acupunture visits.
the shit is for real. The human body rocks harder than western medicine do.
05-25-2006, 05:25 AM #3
Intresting stuff this acupuncture.Have heard stories of people getting relieve to really various problems.
I´ve had theese blowd discs in my back since december. We tried everything with the doctors. Gym,streching,massage,rest,cortisone injections and osteopathy(?).. Cortisone gave a relief for two weeks,all the others just made it gradualy worse.
In the desperation i went to japanese guy (like it actually would matter if he is chinese or japanese..but the image is everything ) who apparently is quite respected acupuncturer.
It was a bit uncomfortable,i have to say. Well,i guess needles in nerves isnt supposed to be comfortable. Took it 4 times within 2 weeks.
I noticed that some spasmed back muscles relaxed a bit, and the iscias pain subsided a bit for 2 weeks.Then the pain came back.
No miracle fix.No cured discs.Nada.
But i could cut the use on painkillers in those two weeks,so not bad.
After that i called my doctor and booked a time for surgery.
In short, i really believe that acupuncture can give help/heal/relieve in some cases, with a proficient dude/ette doing it.
But it is not a miracle treatment for injuries.
I consider it as a good extra help.
The floggings will continue until morale improves.
05-25-2006, 09:56 AM #4
I had acupuncture for a back injury, but the doc was a Western medicine doc who didn't seem to know what he was doing, and it didn't do jack shit. But like I said, the doc didn't seem so skilled at it, and I'm still a believer in that Asian theory, and still think that done right, acupuncture can help. Where I was at, (Alaska), at the time there weren't a lot of options though, sigh.
A friend's daughter had acupuncture treatment for lost hearing (had had limited hearing from birth, and suddenly lost the rest of her hearing), and got some back through the treatments....This touchy-feely Kumbaya shit has got to go.
05-25-2006, 03:13 PM #5Registered User
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I've always thought that it was just placebo. Has it ever been tested clinically against a sham acupuncture device?
05-25-2006, 09:17 PM #6Registered User
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Accupuncture worked for pain
I got a refferal for an accupuncture guy in San Francisco to help with an injury to my whole left side. I crashed my bike an hurt my hip. I could barely walk and after the road rash went away we worked on my hip. My hamstring muscle was also rock hard and we believe had scar tissue damage from years of over use in cycling. At first the muscle was incredibly tender and when small amounts of electrical stimulation it just about sent me through the roof, but the muscle began soften up and feel alot better after a few vists.
I think they work well for pain when other doctors don't work. Ladies go to see him for pms and use him for back, neck and pinched nerves, sciatica and other stuff. Oh yeah he has a picture of he and Roger Daltry from 1975 in his office. I also know that some people go to see him for pain if they have no issurance because he is cheaper than a doctor.
05-25-2006, 11:43 PM #7Working to snowboard
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Regardless, if it works for some people, then great. Just be aware that your acupunturist won't know what to do if they cause a pneumothorax with their needles (much like how a chiropractor won't know what to do when they tear a vertebral artery during a neck manipulation).
05-26-2006, 12:48 AM #8Originally Posted by Lok
For one instance (i dont remember the exact numbers) they tested acupuncture,fake acupunkture,painkillers and placebo tablets for sciatica.
The painkillers worked for,say 65%,acupuncture for 55%,fake acupunture for 40% and placebo for 20% of the tested for the test time.Or something.
Been reading about the stuff a bit after my incident.Really seems to work on muscle/nerve related stuff. It cant do any miracles,though.
But i self are planning to use it in the future for post workout muscle stresses (manual therapy) and joint locks. Less stressfull for the body..
Weird thing for me after the acupuncture was that i relaxed like a dishrag, drank 2-3L of water in the evening and sweated like a pig for few hours.
Apparently it got my metabolism kicked on high gear...
Oh,Lok,and i am sceptic by my nature. I am not a new age hippie that digs crystals and insences or anything...
The floggings will continue until morale improves.
05-26-2006, 05:53 AM #9
I had acupuncture done to help get rid of swelling after my last ACL. I went maybe 5 times over a couple weeks and I think it helped. How much of the swelling was just going down on it's own, who knows, but it certainly didn't hurt. And the procedure itself wasn't painful (especially considering I despise needles).
I went to a woman here who was a cardiologist in China but spoke very minimal English when she first moved here years and years ago and didn't feel like she could go through the extensive certification process to become a doctor here. She said that while she was trained in Western medicine when she was young, she had health problems that were never solved with Western medicine but were fixed with traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbs). So she believes is using a combination of the two. And I felt comfortable going to someone who understands and appreciates both. (Not to mention she's led a pretty interesting life and is great to talk to.)
It's not like you're going to get a treatment and POOF, you're cured. But it doesn't hurt to try."Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "Wow, what a Ride!"
05-26-2006, 11:07 AM #10
I've had acupuncture for 2 injuries, got some pain relief at the time and that's about all. The needles are much more painful going in if you are sick with a cold or something.'I dare to dream and differ from the hollow lies'