Acupuncture

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  1. Acupuncture


    What's up fellas? Just a random question. I have been thinking about acupuncture, kind of curious as to what it's like, and if it really works. Just wondering if anyone here on the board wants to share experiences good or bad so I can get an idea.


  2. i used in on a really bad lower back problem i had, worked awesome

    I think it all depends on who's doing it, i had a chinese doctor who was trained using chinese medicine and chinese healing techniques, he knew his stuff and i would use this method again if need be.

    cheers

  3. I used to do it to treat psoriasis, it didn't do anything for me tho except need to pee while resting there with needles all over me.
    It works great for headaches. And those little needles do hurt esp if one pops up and needs to be screwed down more....ugh
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  4. Mainly great for relaxing muscles and relieving pain. I really loved getting it once a week but haven't been able to afford it for some time. I'd recommend it to anyone with chronic muscular pain or stress...used to fall asleep on the table with needles all over me lol.

  5. Took some courses in alternative medicine and I definitely enjoyed this modality of healing.

    Used it for a few things, mainly relaxation, loved it. VERY positive feedback from others in the course/that went to the clinic.

    Give it a shot! Check with your insurance, some companies will cover parts

  6. My parents used this form of chinese healing. They used to visit this doctor in manhattan that specialized in chinese herbs/medicines. Anyway, the whole thing is similar to acupucture. They light up a piece of paper and turn over a cup. put the fire inside the cup and remove the paper. They then put like the glass cup thingy over the back. It does some sort of super suction to the skin. It's supposed to help back problems but it leaves those little round marks all over your back for a week.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Cellardude View Post
    My parents used this form of chinese healing. They used to visit this doctor in manhattan that specialized in chinese herbs/medicines. Anyway, the whole thing is similar to acupucture. They light up a piece of paper and turn over a cup. put the fire inside the cup and remove the paper. They then put like the glass cup thingy over the back. It does some sort of super suction to the skin. It's supposed to help back problems but it leaves those little round marks all over your back for a week.
    Haha that sounds like something to do in the winter so the shirt doesnt have to come off. How do they create the suction without breaking the seal to get the fire out?? And did it work for you?

  8. Just to clearify I am not having back 'pain' just sore and tight from the huge jump in intensity. Looking for something to help out.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by jbono731 View Post
    Just to clearify I am not having back 'pain' just sore and tight from the huge jump in intensity. Looking for something to help out.

    Try massage. Go see a therapist or buy yourself a Mini Thumper massager. I have one - works great!

  10. sounds like you need therapeutic massage, it works fantastic

  11. Whats the pain intensity on acupuncture?

  12. Pretty much no pain at all. Maybe one out of 20 needles will sting momentarily but the rewards far outweigh the momentary discomfort. Most of the needles you won't even feel as they tap them in.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    Whats the pain intensity on acupuncture?
    pretty mild but there can be slight discomfort which is soon replaced by a nice warm feeling

    i had chronic lower back pain brought about by lifting real heavy mixed with playing golf which really didn't help, i used to get needles placed into my siatic nerve that would send an electric shock through my entire body, the poor little chinese guy got to hear some good old fashion cursing when he'd hit the nerve but once it settled it felt really good and warm

  14. Haha the little man must have been preaying he didnt get a donkey kick to the face

  15. Quote Originally Posted by b unit View Post
    pretty mild but there can be slight discomfort which is soon replaced by a nice warm feeling

    i had chronic lower back pain brought about by lifting real heavy mixed with playing golf which really didn't help, i used to get needles placed into my siatic nerve that would send an electric shock through my entire body, the poor little chinese guy got to hear some good old fashion cursing when he'd hit the nerve but once it settled it felt really good and warm

    Oh...shudder...I'm a big needle sissy. I'm thinking in my mind about IV's and epidurals

  16. Quote Originally Posted by bioman View Post
    Mainly great for relaxing muscles and relieving pain. I really loved getting it once a week but haven't been able to afford it for some time. I'd recommend it to anyone with chronic muscular pain or stress...used to fall asleep on the table with needles all over me lol.
    i always fall asleep. and i always have elctro-accupuncture done so i do that with my muscle contracting.

    Works great for relieveing muscle tension and pain.

    For my specific issues i ended up finding ART therapy to be more effective.
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  17. I tend to agree that any sort of deep tissue is better for most skeletal muscular problems. The best of both worlds is to get loosened up with accupuncture THEN go get hammered on by a deep tissue or ART massuese. I did this with great results a few times.

  18. Always loved getting acupuncture - it's just the price that stopped me. I'm super energized after it.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by bioman View Post
    I tend to agree that any sort of deep tissue is better for most skeletal muscular problems. The best of both worlds is to get loosened up with accupuncture THEN go get hammered on by a deep tissue or ART massuese. I did this with great results a few times.
    oohh. i might have to go try that. most everthing is cleared up except for my very dense medial tricep head. He is having a hell of a time getting into that one.
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  20. Quote Originally Posted by jbono731 View Post
    Haha that sounds like something to do in the winter so the shirt doesnt have to come off. How do they create the suction without breaking the seal to get the fire out?? And did it work for you?
    Ive never tried it, it helps alleviate some back problems and helps you feel better. The marks it leaves are quite nasty though. They go away tho. look up chinese suction in google. you'll see what I mean. they actually have kits where you can actually do it at home but you need a partner to help you. I remember my parents bought a kit and do it from time to time at home.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Cellardude View Post
    My parents used this form of chinese healing. They used to visit this doctor in manhattan that specialized in chinese herbs/medicines. Anyway, the whole thing is similar to acupucture. They light up a piece of paper and turn over a cup. put the fire inside the cup and remove the paper. They then put like the glass cup thingy over the back. It does some sort of super suction to the skin. It's supposed to help back problems but it leaves those little round marks all over your back for a week.
    I've had this done too, its not as relaxing as accupuncture and leaves hickey-looking marks haha

  22. Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    Whats the pain intensity on acupuncture?
    0 if the person knows what he/she is doing.

    I got proficient enough myself where I can apply needles without any sensation at all.

    you need to remember, even the THICKEST accupuncture needle is smaller than 1/20th the size of the SMALLEST needle they have in a doctors office.

  23. Not sure if any of you have had it - but my overall favorite form of alternative medicine has to be lymphatic drainage therapy. If you're sick and have this done, you feel like a MILLION BUCKS after.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by Wedgylx View Post
    I've had this done too, its not as relaxing as accupuncture and leaves hickey-looking marks haha
    it leaves marks as if your like have a form of disease. At least with all the markings together, but yeah the suction does cause a hickey like mark.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Cellardude View Post
    Ive never tried it, it helps alleviate some back problems and helps you feel better. The marks it leaves are quite nasty though. They go away tho. look up chinese suction in google. you'll see what I mean. they actually have kits where you can actually do it at home but you need a partner to help you. I remember my parents bought a kit and do it from time to time at home.
    are you talking about cupping?

    my accupuncturist does this on my trouble areas.
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  26. They even have a vaccuum pump now for cupping that exerts incredible suction and supposedly draws toxins out through the skin. I watched a video of it being done and black liquid did actually come up through the skin...and it was'nt just dark blood. Freaky.

  27. Acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress in and around the neck. I get it done atleast once a month because of bad migraines that seem to be a mystery to my DR's on why I get them... But damn - Migraines SUCK!!!!!

  28. Quote Originally Posted by matthew76 View Post
    Acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress in and around the neck. I get it done atleast once a month because of bad migraines that seem to be a mystery to my DR's on why I get them... But damn - Migraines SUCK!!!!!
    Hmmm I have the same kind of migraines, dr's, er's , nobody has figured it out. Mine get better with muscle milk sometimes. I might have to try it. I've had headaches for weeks now

  29. Damn, I feel for you. I had a migraine last Friday that was so intense I had to take a double dose of Imatrex.

    I've been through so many test to try and figure out why I get them, but to no avail... makes me question te education of some DR's truthfully.

    Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    Hmmm I have the same kind of migraines, dr's, er's , nobody has figured it out. Mine get better with muscle milk sometimes. I might have to try it. I've had headaches for weeks now

  30. Quote Originally Posted by matthew76 View Post
    Damn, I feel for you. I had a migraine last Friday that was so intense I had to take a double dose of Imatrex.

    I've been through so many test to try and figure out why I get them, but to no avail... makes me question te education of some DR's truthfully.
    Yep same here. The MRI's, cat scans etc. I drew the line at the spinal tap that they said would back up the Cat scan and would catch a small chance of errors from the other tests.

    The ER is the worst, sitting there 3 hours with iv's and meds that make you feel like your having panic attacks. I'm learning to live with mine until they make me sick.

  31. Hell yeah - I nearly punched my doctor right in his mouth for just mentioning the word, "Spinal Tap" - Bleh!

    I cannot deal with mine, they're to the point where I feel dieing would be an option at the time. Luckily, my wife has learned how to care for me in those un-wanted times.



    Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    Yep same here. The MRI's, cat scans etc. I drew the line at the spinal tap that they said would back up the Cat scan and would catch a small chance of errors from the other tests.

    The ER is the worst, sitting there 3 hours with iv's and meds that make you feel like your having panic attacks. I'm learning to live with mine until they make me sick.

  32. Last time my wife was in the ER, I made the HUGE mistake of really inspecting the cleanliness of the place...ugh gawd. Blood droplets everywhere and it's one of the best hospitals in the state.

  33. Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    Hmmm I have the same kind of migraines, dr's, er's , nobody has figured it out. Mine get better with muscle milk sometimes. I might have to try it. I've had headaches for weeks now
    I get bad migranes too - from sleeping on my stomach if you'd believe it.

    I make a point to try to sleep on my back. Also it helps me to have my traps REALLY worked on. Tell Dsade to get some RK Lube and rub your traps up - both the "upper" sections on the tops of yoru shoulders as well as bordering your spine in your upper back. This works like a charm for me.

  34. Quote Originally Posted by bioman View Post
    Last time my wife was in the ER, I made the HUGE mistake of really inspecting the cleanliness of the place...ugh gawd. Blood droplets everywhere and it's one of the best hospitals in the state.
    YEah its something you wish you didn't know lol.

    Theres a reason why infection rates are so high in hospitals

  35. Quote Originally Posted by matthew76 View Post
    Hell yeah - I nearly punched my doctor right in his mouth for just mentioning the word, "Spinal Tap" - Bleh!

    I cannot deal with mine, they're to the point where I feel dieing would be an option at the time. Luckily, my wife has learned how to care for me in those un-wanted times.
    `Thats the way I feel except I have 3 kids that don't care if I'm dying or not. They still have homework and dinner..etc. But Yeah makes you want to throw up curl up and die.

  36. Quote Originally Posted by Wedgylx View Post
    I get bad migranes too - from sleeping on my stomach if you'd believe it.

    I make a point to try to sleep on my back. Also it helps me to have my traps REALLY worked on. Tell Dsade to get some RK Lube and rub your traps up - both the "upper" sections on the tops of yoru shoulders as well as bordering your spine in your upper back. This works like a charm for me.
    You should pm him the advice..lol

  37. Im not sure if this would apply to any of you ladies or gents that are suffering through migraines...but do any of you wear contacts or glasses?

    Because I've had two friends now who would get severe migraines have them pretty much disappear after having corrective laser eye surgery (i.e. LASIK). Not a proven fact, but like I said two friends have sworn thats what did it for them.

  38. Quote Originally Posted by Nabisco View Post
    Im not sure if this would apply to any of you ladies or gents that are suffering through migraines...but do any of you wear contacts or glasses?

    Because I've had two friends now who would get severe migraines have them pretty much disappear after having corrective laser eye surgery (i.e. LASIK). Not a proven fact, but like I said two friends have sworn thats what did it for them.
    Nope no glasses or contacts here. I'm just unlucky

  39. Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    You should pm him the advice..lol
    LOL I think if I got a pm from somebody telling me how my wife likes her back rubbed, I'd start to get a little suspicious

  40. Hey guys and gals, I am a Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in NJ. I specialize in Sports medicine. Just moved from Miami where I was treating a variety of athletes and some pro body builders. Anyone in NJ needs helps come see me. Others I can answer questions here or P.M.
  

  
 

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