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Acupuncture Treatment For Anxiety

Written By: admin - Oct• 27•11

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can anybody tell me if they have ever had acupuncture treatment for anxiety?
    If so, please relay your experiences, as I am eager to know if it worked. And if so, was it as effective as orthodox medication such as valium, diazepam, xanax, etc?
    Furthermore, would you recommend it?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally I have not undergone for an acupuncture. But have plenty of them getting, for various ailments, including anxiety. Being a traditional method, like Ayurveda of India. It has a long history of more than thousand years. Time tested, with out any side effects. I certainly recommend, as there is no chances of side effects, like chemically formulated medicines.

  2. QUESTION:
    Acupuncture as a treatment for social anxiety?
    I have Asperger's syndrome, and social anxiety as a result. I don't want to take meds and there isn't any cognitive behavioral therapy remotely nearby, so I'm looking into acupuncture. Anyone who's tried acupuncture for anxiety, what's it like? How effective was it? Do you have to get it regularly for it to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Acupuncture can help manage anxiety in many cases. Often it will take more time for the therapeutic effects of acupuncture to be realized over pharmacological interventions because it is a more mild treatment. The upside is less negative side-effects.

      In my clinical experience you are looking at 6 to 8 weeks of treatment for the anxiety to come under management, although, it can take longer in some cases. You may need to continue monthly treatments to manage the anxiety. However, everyone responds individually to medical treatments so there is no way to know if this will hold true for you.

  3. QUESTION:
    How many Acupunture Sessions will I need before I am cured of Depression & Anxiety?
    I am currently undergoing Acupuncture treatment for Depression & Anxiety. The Treatment is going ok, I seem to be really good then really bad, but have a lot of faith in Chinese Medicine so am bareing with it. I have currently had 6 sessions and have been great after some but bad after others. Can anybody advise how many treatments I will need to stabilize my moods, and to be free from Depression & Anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      As things are getting better you should continue for at least another 6 sessions and then assess if you have improved even further; if you have then carry on, if your not it maybe that your accupunturist isnt the best and maybe you should consider seeing a different one.

      Definately ask your current accupunturist about how much longer they think you may need.

      From the sounds of things it seems to be helping you, if you have been depressed for a long time it may take quite a while for you moods to fully stabalise and you may continue to experiance mood swings for a while but this is just you body sorting itself out so dont worry.

      The good news is that once your 100% well you probably wont relapse, especially if you have a 'top up' session every 6months or so after you finish your current treatment.

      Please dont give up the treatment, chinese medicine is very powerful and much safer than conventional western treatments and more effective in the long run; so dont believe the sceptics who dont accept scientifically tested fact.

      I wish you very success and hope you feel better soon. I had accupunture for a similar problem and it does work - just have faith

  4. QUESTION:
    What about acupuncture for anxiety? ?
    I'm having a treatment of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for my problems of anxiety. This is my second week and everything appears to be improving slowly. I would like to know any suggestion or experience about this kind of treatments since I'm a bit skeptical about this things.

    • ANSWER:
      Supported. Since everything is improving. Many tried acupuncture and C herbs to alleviate the harsh effect of Western medicine. It is a support or booster system. Nevertheless, the human body tends to get level of any inductive system over time; and the acu.effect reduces with it. Chinese herbs run on long term build-up and adjustment; a single dose is insufficient.Try to use your mental power or sport activity to adapt your body to lessen stress and anxiety for a long run.

  5. QUESTION:
    Acupuncture to treat depression/anxiety?
    I was wondering if anyone had any experience with acupuncture as a treatment for depression and/or social anxiety/phobia? I am currently on Zoloft but I would like to stop taking medication for the condition and use a natural alternative instead.
    If it helps, this isn't a one-time occurrence... I have been having major depressive episodes on and off for years now, playing with different medications to try and yield the best results.

    • ANSWER:
      Acupuncture does work if the acupuncturist knows what they are doing. Actually there is an acupuncture technique without the needles, and you can learn and use this technique on yourself. This technique is called Emotional Freedom Technique, it eliminates many conditions, especially depression and anxiety. All negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the bodies energy system, eliminate the disruption and the problem goes away. It also eliminates a subconscious problem you might have. Go to the website i give and download the Free EFT Manual, read it and learn it. Watch the video to kind of get an idea about what it can do.
      Here is the link
      http://www.emofree.com/

      Happy Journeys.

  6. QUESTION:
    is there any non medication treatment for anxiety/depression during pregnancy?
    I'm 23 weeks pregnant and for past 3-4 weeks I have suffered terrible anxiety with depression I have panic attacks every day. I can't sleep properly any night and am shattered and am very worried about my mental state and the damage to my baby. I am really fed up of this now I've tried acupuncture, yoga, hypnotherapy and a session with councellor. I feel like I'm getting better sometimes only to have panic attacks then later on. I can't stand thought of 4 more months of this. I am sick of people saying don't worry when I'm worried sick. I really do not want medication - help

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  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried acupuncture for anxiety/mental issue?
    Ive lately been having panic attacks and anxiety after years of being anxiety free. I think it is because of all the new stresses in my life. Has anyone tried acupuncture or any other holistic treatments for things like this? How much does acupuncture cost?
    Ohh i need to hire my own personal masseuse hehe

    • ANSWER:
      I found a pretty good article for you: http://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Detail/Can+acupuncture+treat+depression+and+anxiety+

      I can not say personally if it works for anxiety or depression but I can tell you this, I once had a Chinese Dentist that used it on me when I was having some multiple dental work done & wow did it ever relax me (well I guess I can say it works for anxiety, DOH) I still needed a few shots to numb my mouth but not as many & I was a lot more relaxed. I have faith in it. I sure would rather have acupuncture done than take a bunch a pills. I think it was Paula Abduel that spranged her ankle very badly after practicing for a show & it was so bad they were going to cancel her tour (back in the day) & she went to an acupuncturist one time & whatever he did he told her to get up & walk & she did & the pain was completely gone. Ok, I am babbling. Insurance wont cover it & you will have to call one in your area to find out cost but I don't think it's extremely out of line like shrinks charge here or what most of these medications cost here. Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    Have you tried acupuncture for stress, anxiety or digestive problems?
    If so, do you recommend it and how many treatments did you receive before you noticed results?

    • ANSWER:
      I had treatments while I was going through a divorce, and I am sure it saved my life. I would immediately feel calm with each treatment. Unfortunately I was in the stressful situation for many months, so I needed a number of treatments throughout this time, but you will feel it immediately.

  9. QUESTION:
    i m having anxiety neurosis can it be treated completely from acupuncture?
    i m getting treatment of acupuncture for somedays

    • ANSWER:
      I used to teach yoga some years ago. And a person reported to me that she stopped taking her anti-anxiety pills. When she started doing some breathing exercises. Then after three month she told the doctor, he told her, that he knew about this. Then she asked him why he did not tell her. He had no answer.
      I think that doctors could not make money if they just told people about breathing.
      Anyway, you are welcome to write to me at Taboobuster@yahoo.ca if you feel like

  10. QUESTION:
    Would these treatments help my tachychardia and anxiety?
    I'm looking into alternative treatments for these, specifically chiropractic care and acupuncture. Could these possibly help?

    • ANSWER:
      Both of those treatments can remedy your situation. I place more trust in the acupuncture over the chiropractic treatments but if you're able to, I see no reason why you shouldn't look into both of them. They are both highly therapeutic.

  11. QUESTION:
    Has anyone every used the acupunctue method? Was it Effective? Cost?
    What did you use your acupuncture treatment for?

    Weightloss? (did yo actually lose weight?)

    Anxiety? (Did it help keep your stress leve down?)

    etc....

    was it worth it?

    was it painful.

    Looking for some great answers please. I need some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Yep I've used acupuncture, but it wasn't for any of the reasons you stated. I play competitve soccer and I have a lot of leg issues so I get it done for my legs. It's not painful at all. It's actually really relaxing, in my opinion. You don't even feel the needles, and believe me I have a fear of needles lol
      One of my mom's friends gets acupuncture for her cramps. She said it works great for her too.
      I would recommend it =]

  12. QUESTION:
    Why does Acupuncture make symptoms better but then worse?
    I am currently undergoing Acupuncture for Depression & Anxiety. I am currently on session number 6. I am finding that the treatment is good overall but I keep getting dissapointed. After session number 5 I felt brilliant, the best I had been in 18 Months, no Anxiety, No Depression, nothing. I then had my next session (6) and have been put back again, the symptons have materialised? Can anybody adivse why I seem to be brilliant after 1 session but bad after another, even though the sessions are progressing and should be getting better

    • ANSWER:
      Wow. I did not know that depression could be treated with Accupuncture, but I just found a really good article about it on the web and it indicates that NIH has indicated that accupuncture has been medically proven to be effective in treatment of depression. ... "43 percent reduction in their symptoms compared with a 22 percent reduction for the dummy group."
      http://www.mcmanweb.com/acupuncture.html

      In the article, they indicated that in some cases it is best to receive both antidepressant medication as well as the accupuncture treatments. One patient who got treatments once a week said that "she began to recover. 'For a few days I felt a little better,' she recounts, 'then after that I felt bad days. But the better days got better oh so gradually and the bad days less bad.' "

      From what you said, session 5 worked great, but session 6 didn't seem as good. I think it would be best to talk to the person who is doing the accupuncture and let them know how you feel it worked but now doesn't seem as effective. Has your doctor checked your thryroid function? Hypothryoidism can cause depression.

      I think that article is very good to understand how it works and what to expect. It sounds like you may need to be on both medicine as well as the accupuncture to get the most chance of relief, but check with your doctor or accupuncturist.

      I hope it continues to help you.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend any New Age music track? ?
    I am dealing with stress and anxiety, currently receiving treatment of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for that. I am looking for a very good track to listen while driving and walking. Please, I need something relaxing and not too electronic!!!
    I like New Age music like Deuter, Shastro, David Lanz and David Arkenstone (Narada Records). Something interesting in mind?
    Please, be as specific as possible! I need to find every recommendation by I-Tunes or Amazon.

    • ANSWER:
      David Arkenstone? I like his music. I highly recommend Secret Garden. Amazing music.

      You might like Lisa Lynne, Cusco, and Amethystium.

  14. QUESTION:
    acupuncture and IBS, does it work?
    I have quite severe IBS and this causes agrophobia, anxiety and panic attacks. I have tried altering my diet and using medication but none of them have much effect. This condition is ruining my life and making me very depressed.
    I would like to try acupuncture but am abit scared and nervous. Does anyone know if acupuncture is an effective treatment for IBS and is it worth taking the chance?
    Thanks for your responses,
    I've had a food allergy test and do not eat gluten or wheat anymore, I've had councilling but this didn't help as i'm a very open person and talk to anyone anyway!
    I might try the reflexology if i can get out the house!! you have to laugh or you'll cry : )

    • ANSWER:
      Its pretty good for IBS, particularly if you have been suffering from the condition for less than 10 years or so. In chinese medicine IBS is belived to be caused by a disharmony between the liver and spleen. You should idealy look for an acupuncturist who is qualified in traditional chinese medicine to degree level at least, and who is registered to an appropriate regulating body (in the UK that is either the BaCC, the ATCM or the CMH, if you are in another country you will need to find out who your regulating bodies are). This way you can be sure that the practitioner will be competent and will use the correct techniques i.e sterile needles etc... , Acupuncture does not really hurt, but you will feel a numb or tingling sensation around the needle, most patients acutally find this pleasent, it will probably be about 12 needles and the practitioner may recomend that you take a herbal formual (a very good one for most ibs cases is xiao yao wan, and it is likely that this is what you will be prescribed, however if you are given the option to brew raw herbs or to take the formula as a pill, i would reccomend brewing the raw herbs as this always gives better results.) Another thing that you may wish to consider is ear acupuncture, this is a combination therapy devised by a french doctor about 50 years ago, it is based on theories derived from acupunture, reflexology and orthodox medicine. it is so effective it has been completely adopted by most chinese medicine practitioners, if you are not keen on needles this is especially good as the practitioner can put acupressure seeds or magnets onto the ear in the appropriate places, which do not pierce the skin, these are left on for up to a week at a time and you will press them throughout each day, at the end of the week they will be applied again to the other ear and the process continues, this is usually a cheaper option than acupuncture, but i think in IBS it may be equally as effective. Another thing that is good for IBS is to eat a piece of fruit imediately before having a meal , as this helps to stimulate the digestion, also you should drink a glass of warm water with honey in it every morning before you eat anything. A really good tablet to take is colpramin (you may have already tried this) which contains peppermint oil and is in a thick capsule that does not break down until it gets to the large intestine, it stops the spasms that cause the pain and bloating, it can be brought from any high street pharmacy.
      I think that Chinese medicine will be a goood choice of treatment for you because you also suffer from anxiety and phobias, these are also symptoms that chinese medicine relates to the liver, so if you recieve treatment for IBS all of these problems will be treated at the same time, so you will feel much better. good luck
      If you want to find out more about traditional chinese medicine you could log on to tcmcentral.com.

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had acupuncture in their ear?
    I go to an outpatient treatment center (for drugs and alcohol, if you must know) and there is an acupuncturist there every Wednesday. I opted to have acupuncture done today because it's only and is supposed to ease cravings, stress and anxiety. It made me feel really good/weird. I'm just wondering about anyone else's experience with this. I think I will have it done again next Wednesday. I have so much going on in my life right now and for the first time in weeks I am able to think about it without having a panic attack.

    • ANSWER:
      I had acupuncture done when I first was getting off speed and cocaine. It worked really well. /But I did it along with treatment and meetings. How are you doing?I think You and I have written back and forth before. Let me know how your recovery is going.God Bless Reggie

  16. QUESTION:
    Anyone who has had side effects from acupuncture?
    I have been having acupuncture for a long time now. In the last 2 months I have 2 treatments (from different practitioners) and 2 days after each I suffered panic attacks. I have suffered from OCD and anxiety for 23 years and have never had this side effect before. Is this just a co-incidence or is it a side effect from the acupuncture?

    • ANSWER:
      It's really a case by case thing, but odds are this is what is happening (keep in mind there can also be a tremendous ammount of variation).
      According to chinese medicine theory, many problems in the physical body are caused by blockages in the first energetic body. There are many many things which can cause blockages including trauma, and if you fully understand this model it explains a lot of things western medicine comes up short on (such as why do rape victims get so deeply messed up?).
      As such, one of the big goals in chinese medicine is to open up the blockages so that things can flow through them.
      Unfortunately, for some strange reason the body normally does not like opening energetic blockages and all sorts of problems pop up when you do (or to be more exact the nerves don't like to let go of it). These can include feeling pain or discomfort, or reliving the problem caused by the blockage caused temporarily.
      My guess is that in your case, one of the "bad energies" that's being released from your system is causing the symptoms your describing to emerge as it passes. It's possible the accupuncturist accidently triggered it when going for fixing another problem (since different health aspects tend to be connected), or he opened it up on purpose.
      From my own experience, most American acupuncturists are not aware of the whole concept of energetic blockages (although truthfully I don't really know why this is, since it's a core foundation of Chinese medicine), but if your guy is moderately experienced he should understand this concept. My advice would be to talk with him and get his opinion on what's occurring.
      Sometimes blockages end up getting forced to the surface from a series of combining factors (that can be hard for even the adepts to be fully aware of), and my hunch is that everything you're describing essentially allowed that process to occur.

      There are a few other possibilities, such as both the acupuncturists you are seeing being really bad, or some really unusual reaction occurring in your body (both of which I doubt). So, there's about a 90% it's what I just described but it's not a clear 100% (after all I have very limited information to go off of, and chinese medicine is one field you shouldn't generalize in).

      Anyhow, hope that helps!

  17. QUESTION:
    Am I going crazy?! or is this what happens from severe anxiety??!!?
    From the age of 17 I've struggled with my mental health, I'm pretty sure ice was the drug that caused my panic/anxiety/stress problems, anyway, the first huge breakdown i had i experienced the worst feelings and thoughts ever, it was so bad the thought of suicide came up quite often, I'd have this constant feeling of being detatched from reality, people and myself, it was like a dream like state and I felt so lost and confused and scared and anxious and it was just horrible, I'd also convince myself that I was going insane, that I was crazy, It was and still is my biggest fear, I'd imagine that I would just start talking to myself or lose it and just imagining it made it feel so real. i stopped doing drugs after that, by the way it was doing ice that brought it on immediately and it lasted for about a week the first time.... i didn't touch ice again until last year in may, for some stupid reason i thought i would be able to handle it, my life had gotten better, although i still had anxiety here and there and drinking alcohol never helped, so in may i smoked ice and went straight back into that state i was in the first time, this time it lasted about 1-2 weeks, it was the hardest thing i had to do, I couldn't believe i had to go trough it again but i some how got myself out of it, i started getting weekly sessions of acupuncture and chinese cupping and massage, I also went to the gym and I am sure that got me out of it a lot quicker, so... since then I haven't been perfect, lots of anxiety left over, no confidence, ... but at least i feel sane most of the time, i feel like i'm in touch with reality, anyway.... in november last year , 5 months after the last relapse, i smoked ice again, but it was one little toke, trust me by now i know not to hang out with those people that shoved it in my face ever again... 3rd time is the charm i guess, so i had one toke, for a few days after that i was feeing quite uneasy, to be honest i think it's mostly the fact that i knew i had done it there for i atomatically fall back into that head space, but this time i just kept myseld busy, went to the gym all the time, got treatments with acupuncture .... So since november last year which is 5 months ago... I haven't touched drugs, and over the last 5 months my anxiety has stuck around, probably a little worse than usual.... and in the last 1 especially it's been getting worse everyday, yesterday i was at my friends... and out of no where i started having major anxiety, more than usual, and then i felt it again... those feelings i had when i had smoked ice.... it was as if i had just smoked a **** load of it right then and there.... things didn't feel real, things and objects seemed strange, panic and anxiety out of control, i's worse right now because this shouldn't be happening to me.. i haven't done anything for it to happen to me.... the only thing i can think of is all the stress i have over many different things right now could have triggered it , or maybe a flash back... i don't know... but i went to the gym today, had a session with chinese doctor... I still have those feelings every now and then of not even feeling like myself, feel like im in a dream.... scared, anxious, worried.... thoughts of me going crazy and it's horrible,

    I know this is like the longest question ever, but I need answers, I can't go through this again.... especially since i haven't even done the drugs that causes this to happen to me... I've seen doctors about it , psychologist... they all say that I'm not going crazy and that severe anxiety can make you feel like that... but the whole thing where i feel like i'm in a dream state and nothing feels real and things seem unfamiliar ... I am almost positive that's something else... I've done some reading and I think it may be depersonalization disorder or dissasociative disorder... one doctor said it wasquite possible... so if anyone has any idea what i'm talking about or has been through similar things I would so appreciate to hear anything to help. honestly, If i KNEW that it definitely wasn't the beginning of schizophrenia or some horrible craziness it would help a lot... I seriously don't feel like i have it in me to go through this again, i want a normal life.... i want to be able to be around my friends and family and not feel anxious or uncomfortable, i want to really know who i am and be comfortable with myself... i want a job where i can feel confident with myself... i haven't worked in 5 years because of this...

    thank you to who ever reads this and has some advice , i wish everyone the love and happiness and peace they deserve and for anyone to never go through this.

    • ANSWER:
      It is all anxiety and panic disorder. Depersonalization is a major symptom of anxiety. The thing is, people with anxiety disorders always seem to think it must be something else because anxiety as the cause seems too simple. I've read sooo many things on smoking about people that say this causes them problems with anxiety and depersonalization. If you really don't want to make your anxiety worse, I would suggest not smoking. It sucks, since "normal" people can with no issues, but it's a small price to pay considering the after affects it causes. If you really feel like you are lost and can't deal with it you may try going on an SSRI or anti-depressant (they also work well for anxiety). It will help balance out your serotonin and make you start to feel like yourself again. However, you need to take this all as a lesson. Let it make you a stronger person. I've been going through anxiety for so long and I've decided on becoming a psychologist and teaching cognitive behavorial therapy just so that no one ever has to suffer what I have from this. Anxiety and depression are so common and so painful. I'm so sorry you are going through this too.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I help my friend who is suffering from Anxiety?
    I have a very close friend, she has been suffering from this for the last year and its been getting progressively worse!! The symptoms she suffers from most is muscle aches that seem to shift everywhere.

    She has been to treatments like acupuncture, cognitive behavioral techniques, hypnotherapy and yoga, but none of it seems to be taking effect.... she is on anti depressants, but that also makes her feel bad just thinking about it.

    I'm doing my best for her, always being there for her when she needs me, picking her up when she's down, and never letting her down. We've been on holidays together so I could try to pull her out of this!! Take her away from all this.... I can't find the answers to help her get out of this!! And its killing me to see her like this...

    Has anyone been there, or seen someone close suffer like this?? What did you do to help them??

    • ANSWER:
      I don't have a resolution to your problem, but I just wanted to say that you are an incredible friend. Friends like you are rare.

  19. QUESTION:
    prozac for social anxiety?
    hi ive had social anxiety for as long as i can remember. im 17 now. ive tried nearly all forms of treatment- cbt, linden method, acupuncture etc. ive also developed ibs which is making school really difficult to cope with as it seems to come at me mainly when im sitting down for long periods of time,also makes it difficult to concentrate. last friday i saw a psychiatrist who gave me a perscription for prozac. i kinda scared of taking it the side effects sound pretty harsh. do you think it would help me? my anxiety is really holding me back.....also my mother used to take it with little to no side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the side effects that might come to you aren't the worst. Loss of appetite, Weakness, Lack of sleep. I think it would be safe to say you could try it. Especially if your mom didn't have any problems.

  20. QUESTION:
    what can chinese traditional medicine do for anxiety..?
    especially the physical symptoms of tension and cramped muscles nerve pain a general feeling of pressure all over. can acupuncture be affective for this. any other treatments they use?

    i went to two medical doctors and there attitude was terrible they more or less said get a grip they couldn't understand a young man can have crippling anxiety aswel and called me 'hypochondriac' for describing my very real symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah don't listen to negative people which is what those two doctors sound like. Yes, acupuncture can help you with both tension and cramped muscles. A good thing to do is tell the acupuncturist about the other two doctors and how they didn't believe you. Usually this will make the new doctor more supportive and more eager to help you. Doctors of any kind want to be able to heal and in a way you challenging him to do what the other two couldn't. Might sound weird but it's just the psychology of people. Also a Chinese medicine doctor will have many ways to cure anxiety. Even your acupuncture doctor will have recommendations, usually herbs that you can take your self from a local Health Food store. There are supplements which totally work for anxiety. Try a Magnesium supplement. Too much Calcium causes a body to be tense, Magnesium can bring the Calcium level down. It works like a charm.

  21. QUESTION:
    ACUPUNCTURE: feeling worse before I feel better (mood)?
    I started getting acupuncture 2 or 3 weeks ago. I've done a TON of research on it and am very impressed w/ the variety of health & wellness issue it can help. My main ones are insomnia, anxiety, depression, ADHD, asthma, acid reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome. None are severe (thankfully!) although some are more problematic than others.

    My question: within the last week, I've noticed my mood is lower than it normally is. It's not like I walk around crying, and I don't act bitchy. I just feel less happy than usual, a little bit "blue", and less motivated to do things. :( It's not severe, but I can tell it's different than my usual way of feeling.

    My acupuncturist said stuff like this happens to some folks during their first few weeks of treatment, because changes are going on in the body that it's not used to, and sometimes that makes a person feel "unbalanced" (for lack of a better word).

    Anyone else notice changes like this upon starting acupuncture? If so, for how long?
    P.S. (I ran out of room above) -- For those who are familiar with the "retracing" phenomenon that happens to some people when they first start going to a CHIROPRACTOR (it sure happened with me!), would you say that what I described with acupuncture is a similar concept? It seems to me that it is.
    P.P.S. To Heaven L and others who feel as she does -- I'm not claiming acupuncture can CURE my ailments, or anybody's. I said it can HELP the ailments. :) As in, improve them. And there really is a wealth of information, including scientific tests/experiements, that PROVE how acupuncture can help certain ailments, especially chronic pain.

    Heck, anything that has been academically studied and professionall practiced for more than 2000 years, and is STILL in use today, is not simply quackery! Look it up on Wikipedia and prepare to be impressed. :)
    amembal4444 is right; this would all be in better perspective if I included my age. :) I am 35. No menopause symptoms in sight -- my menstrual cycle is as regular now as it was at age 25.

    • ANSWER:
      What is acupuncture?
      Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 5,000 years ago, acupuncture is getting more and more popular in the United States.

      Acupuncture is a medical procedure involving stimulation of anatomical points (called acupoints) on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic, hair-size needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Zhang uses the standard Traditional Chinese acupuncture technique in his practice.

      Is acupuncture safe?
      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

      Very few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA Practitioners should use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient and should swab treatment sites with alcohol or another disinfectant before inserting needles. Only sterile disposable needles are used in Zhang's practice.

      Is acupuncture painful?
      When people talk about needles, they think of needles used by nurse for injection. Actually it is totally wrong. Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. If your treatment is provided by an experienced acupuncturist, you feel no or minimal pain. Over 98% of Zhang's patients feel no any pain, so you never have to worry about pain at Acuhealing.

      Are the needles clean?
      Only sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles are allowed to use by licensed acupuncturists according to FDA requirement. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.

      What can acupuncture treat?
      According to the NIH resource, promising results have emerged, showing efficacy of acupuncture, for example, in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations--such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma--in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. An NCCAM-funded study recently showed that acupuncture provides pain relief, improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, and serves as an effective complement to standard care. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.

      NIH has funded a variety of research projects on acupuncture. These grants have been funded by NCCAM, its predecessor the Office of Alternative Medicine, and other NIH institutes and centers. Zhang has worked on several clinical trials in Massachusetts General Hospital regarding acupuncture's effect on hypertension, side effect of chemotherapy on cancer patients, stroke funded by NIH.

      World Health Organization list 43 conditions:

      Acupuncture therapy is appropriate for the conditions listed here.

      DIGESTIVE
      Abdominal pain
      Constipation
      Diarrhea
      Indigestion
      EMOTIONAL
      Anxiety
      Depression
      Insomnia
      Nervousness
      Neurosis
      EYE-EAR-NOSE-THROAT
      Cataracts
      Poor vision
      Toothache
      Gingivitis
      Tinnitus
      GYNECOLOGICAL
      Premenstrual syndrome
      Menopausal symptoms
      Infertility
      MISCELLANEOUS
      Addiction control
      Athletic performance
      Blood pressure regulation
      Chronic fatigue
      Immune system toning
      Stress reduction
      MUSCULO-SKELETAL
      Arthritis
      Back pain
      Neck pain
      Muscle pain
      Muscle weakness
      Muscle cramping
      Sciatica
      NEUROLOGICAL
      Headaches
      Migraines
      Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
      Parkinson's disease
      Post-operative pain
      Stroke
      RESPIRATORY
      Asthma Bronchitis
      Common cold Sinusitis
      Smoking cessation
      Tonsillitis
      What does acupuncture feel like?
      Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified experienced acupuncture practitioner.
      How might acupuncture work?
      Practitioners of Chinese medicine seek to promote or restore health by diagnosing and treating "disharmonies" or "imbalances" in the qi, or vital energy of the body. In the Chinese Medicine system, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. Among the major assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a "balanced state" and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridian. It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.

      Acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

      How widely is acupuncture used in the United States?
      In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being "widely" practiced--by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners--for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey-- an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults had ever used acupuncture, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the previous year.

      How many treatments are needed?
      The number of treatments necessary depends on a whole host of factors relating to the specific individual. For example, the duration of the illness, general state of energy, constitution, life style, are all taken into consideration. Generally speaking the more acute the disease the sooner it will respond, although there are instances where acupuncture has brought quick ref to many chronic problems. The initial treatments will usually be twice a week and their frequency will be decreased as the person progresses, to once a week, twice a month etc, until there is only a need for an occasional preventative check-up.

      What can I expect during my first visit?
      During your first office visit, the practitioner will ask you about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior, look at your face and tongue, take your pulse. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.

      After the practitioner takes all the information from you, he will make a TCM diagnosis, then start the first treatment. It took about an hour for your first visit and treatment.

      What are Chinese herbs?
      Chinese people have been using natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. These herbs are called Chinese herbal medicine, which are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches of plants. Chinese herb medicine is one of most important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which also includes acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, qigong and Taichi. There are over 6000 different herbs that can be used for medical purposes, around 200 to 300 of them are commonly used.

      The term "herbal" medicine is actually not quite correct. Although about 90 % of the medicinal substances used are of plant origin, another 10 % are derived from minerals. Chinese "Materia Medica" lists a total of 5,767 substances.

      Where do Chinese herbs come from and how are they grown?
      Chinese herbs coming to the US are grown primarily in China or other Asian countries. The Chinese have developed refined methods of cultivation for large yields of high quality herbs. Some raw materials are grown outside of China, imported for processing and may be exported again.

      How are Chinese herbs being taken?
      The classic way of ingesting Chinese herbs is to make a decoction from raw dried materials. This means that the herbs are cooked at a low boil for a long time and then drunk as a tea. It is very inconvenient and most Americans object it. Since 1990's, Chinese scientists have developed a very nice form of herbal medicine called scientific herbal. The active ingredients of herbal are insolated and concentrated as powder. Each single herb is insolated individually and packed in single bottle. They are prepared by Chinese pharmaceutical companies and have better effects than the raw herb. All you need to do is just put the powder in a cup, mix with hot water and drink like a tea.

      Are Chinese herbs taste bitter?
      The active ingredients of Chinese herbs are frequently roots and barks. They need to be cooked for a long time to extract the active ingredients which make them bitter. How ever, since the use of scientific herbal powder, the herbal tastes less bitter and easier to take.

      How are the right herbs selected?
      Chinese herbal medicine is prescripted according to TCM diagnosis. The practitioner will take a thorough health history, ask questions regarding all body functions, feel the wrist pulse, look at the tongue and palpate certain body areas to make a clear diagnosis. The herbal powder will be selected according to the diagnosis and Chinese medicine theory.

      Are Chinese herbs toxic and do they have side effects?
      Most of the components of Chinese herbal medicine have a very low toxicity compared to OTC Western drugs. When they are prescribed according to a correct TCM pattern diagnosis, they should have few, if any, side effects, only beneficial healing results.

      Toxic parts of plants are removed or processed to eliminate toxicity. Herbs with potential side effects are combined appropriately and given in small doses only. The most common side effect may be some bloating because of the cloying nature of tonic herbs. This can easily be corrected by adding digestive herbs into the prescription.

      If you experience any discomfort while taking Chinese herbal medicine, tell your practitioner ASAP.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is my best option for psychiatric treatment?
    Ive been to a bunch of doctors and psychiatrists and they all say i am fine and healthy but have depression/anxiety disorder. I agree with them that I do have those issues but I tend to obsess about only throwing up and making a mess, or throwing up in front of people. It has led to an extreme case of agoraphobia, and always feeling like i am going to throw up when in a crowd. I only feel safe at home. I DO NOT want to live like this any more. Here is some stuff about me and my issues:
    I have had this problem for my entire life and I am 23 now. I was fine for periods of time in my life, but this time it has gone on for way too long, 3 years too long. It has effected me going to school (i don't go anymore), it is effecting my relationship with my long term boyfriend, it is making me depressed, i don't eat before having to do things because i don't want to have anything in my stomach to throw up, ive slowly lost 55 pounds in the past 4 years because of that.

    So, ive tried anti depressants, ive tried marijuana and alcohol, ive tried psychotherapy, nothing has ever worked. What should i try next? Hypnotism? Acupuncture? Some kind of rehab center?

    I am desperate.

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  23. QUESTION:
    is there any medication at all that you can take for depression/anxiety/panic attacks in pregnancy?
    Before I got pregnant, I suffered from depression, I never got any treatment because I was able to cope with it without medication. I am now 21 weeks pregnant and about 2 weeks ago I had mild depression. I was pissed off with my hair, skin etc...9 nights ago I woke up with an awful panic attack and have had them since both day and night - they are horrific. I can't sleep - am terrified of waking up with a panic attack, I can't eat, I hate doing things I loved such as reading, having a bath. I have had 2 acupuncture sessions but they are not really working and am trying hypnotherapy tomorrow . Is there anything else at all that I can take for this that will not cause harm to baby - please help, v. distressed!

    • ANSWER:
      I do have a solution for you but it doesn't involve medication. The feelings you're experiencing are completely normal. Take some comfort in that.

      However, as normal as they may be during pregnancy, you obviously would rather feel better.

      That said, you'll first need some outlets for your anxiety and depression. Here's a fun list of 25 Ways to Relieve Anxiety. You can do most of the things at home in just minutes a day:
      http://www.stop-anxiety-panic-attack.com/lp/25-ways-to-relieve-anxiety.html

      Also, you'll need to learn how to control your thoughts to change your mood. This isn't some weird voodoo trick. It's a mental exercise called "Consecutive Thought Control". It totally works so definitely give it a shot. You can learn the technique here in this article for preventing panic attacks:
      http://www.stop-anxiety-panic-attack.com/lp/preventing-panic-attacks.html

      Be patient with yourself. Learn how to control your reactions to the stress you feel. Remember...it's all in your head. The world is still a wonderful place.

      Best of luck to you and Congratulations on your baby!

  24. QUESTION:
    Not coping mentally, please give advice or suggestions !?
    From the age of 17 I've struggled with my mental health, I'm pretty sure ice was the drug that caused my panic/anxiety/stress problems, anyway, the first huge breakdown i had i experienced the worst feelings and thoughts ever, it was so bad the thought of suicide came up quite often, I'd have this constant feeling of being detatched from reality, people and myself, it was like a dream like state and I felt so lost and confused and scared and anxious and it was just horrible, I'd also convince myself that I was going insane, that I was crazy, It was and still is my biggest fear, I'd imagine that I would just start talking to myself or lose it and just imagining it made it feel so real. i stopped doing drugs after that, by the way it was doing ice that brought it on immediately and it lasted for about a week the first time.... i didn't touch ice again until last year in may, for some stupid reason i thought i would be able to handle it, my life had gotten better, although i still had anxiety here and there and drinking alcohol never helped, so in may i smoked ice and went straight back into that state i was in the first time, this time it lasted about 1-2 weeks, it was the hardest thing i had to do, I couldn't believe i had to go trough it again but i some how got myself out of it, i started getting weekly sessions of acupuncture and chinese cupping and massage, I also went to the gym and I am sure that got me out of it a lot quicker, so... since then I haven't been perfect, lots of anxiety left over, no confidence, ... but at least i feel sane most of the time, i feel like i'm in touch with reality, anyway.... in november last year , 5 months after the last relapse, i smoked ice again, but it was one little toke, trust me by now i know not to hang out with those people that shoved it in my face ever again... 3rd time is the charm i guess, so i had one toke, for a few days after that i was feeing quite uneasy, to be honest i think it's mostly the fact that i knew i had done it there for i atomatically fall back into that head space, but this time i just kept myseld busy, went to the gym all the time, got treatments with acupuncture .... So since november last year which is 5 months ago... I haven't touched drugs, and over the last 5 months my anxiety has stuck around, probably a little worse than usual.... and in the last 1 especially it's been getting worse everyday, yesterday i was at my friends... and out of no where i started having major anxiety, more than usual, and then i felt it again... those feelings i had when i had smoked ice.... it was as if i had just smoked a shit load of it right then and there.... things didn't feel real, things and objects seemed strange, panic and anxiety out of control, i's worse right now because this shouldn't be happening to me.. i haven't done anything for it to happen to me.... the only thing i can think of is all the stress i have over many different things right now could have triggered it , or maybe a flash back... i don't know... but i went to the gym today, had a session with chinese doctor... I still have those feelings every now and then of not even feeling like myself, feel like im in a dream.... scared, anxious, worried.... thoughts of me going crazy and it's horrible,

    I know this is like the longest question ever, but I need answers, I can't go through this again.... especially since i haven't even done the drugs that causes this to happen to me... I've seen doctors about it , psychologist... they all say that I'm not going crazy and that severe anxiety can make you feel like that... but the whole thing where i feel like i'm in a dream state and nothing feels real and things seem unfamiliar ... I am almost positive that's something else... I've done some reading and I think it may be depersonalization disorder or dissasociative disorder... one doctor said it wasquite possible... so if anyone has any idea what i'm talking about or has been through similar things I would so appreciate to hear anything to help. honestly, If i KNEW that it definitely wasn't the beginning of schizophrenia or some horrible craziness it would help a lot... I seriously don't feel like i have it in me to go through this again, i want a normal life.... i want to be able to be around my friends and family and not feel anxious or uncomfortable, i want to really know who i am and be comfortable with myself... i want a job where i can feel confident with myself... i haven't worked in 5 years because of this...

    thank you to who ever reads this and has some advice , i wish everyone the love and happiness and peace they deserve and for anyone to never go through this.
    Also the other thing that scares me is that I'm so scared of doing drugs again.... and even though i would never make the choice to do them I still get highly worried that i've somehow accidentally ingested some, i only ever worry about accidentally ingesting acid, as my boyfriend and his hippy friends do acid, i know how easy it is to get high of that stuff, all you have to do is touch it or drink someones acid water or acid alcohol. but i think it's turned into paranoia, where i actually have to ask my boyfriend if there is acid in something that i'm about to drink that i got from him.... and i'm also really paranoid about smoking other peoples tobacco because im worried about weed.... i have nightmares about smoking weed or doing acid or what ever and totally going crazy... just writing this now is making me think i'm crazy :( i wish i would wake up and realise this was all a bad dream.. but this scary unreal, dream like state is my reality right now. i need to get out of it... aga

    • ANSWER:
      Maggie ... really it's more about your symptoms than it is about the diagnosis, because not every person's mental chemistry fits into little boxes. The point is you have control problems, anxiety/panic attacks, and you feel like you often operate in a non-real state. The most qualified doctor to help you is a psychiatrist, not a psychologist. A psychiatrist is an MD trained in all body and mind disorders, and how to treat them chemically and cognitively. If you want to feel normal, this is who you must see. You will need a mood stabilizer, and an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication. Work with the psychiatrist on finding the right medicine mix and therapeutic dosages for you. Everyone is different. At some point they will also train you in Cognitive Behavior Therapy to address your stressors, past traumas, and how to live a healthy life. At this time your brain's neurochemistry and glands are not operating in the normal ranges. That's what the medicines will do (to correct that). I wouldn't delay, as these symptoms usually only worsen over time. Chip

  25. QUESTION:
    Question for people who have been diagnosed with GIARDIA or BEAVER FEVER?
    Howdy.
    I was diagnosed with giardia from a homeopath after a parasite test I did after suffering from stomach pain, lack of appetite/energy, diarrhea and nausea for a few months. I did a parasite cleanse and didn't see any changes, which made me think it must be some sort of other intestinal issue. This was in the Fall of 2010. Eventually I visited a Doc and did a stool sample, which came back negative.
    I tried a Goldenseal treatment, prescribed Zantac, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, changes in diet, allergy test (nothing to keep an eye out for), another homeopath--to no avail.
    A couple of months ago I did both a blood test (I was also tested for celiac) and an ultra-sound from my stomach and below. Both came back negative. Stress or anxiety is definitely not the case here.

    Now that it's Summer again, I'm going nuts, could I say, I'm getting worse and I'm desperate for help at this point, the nausea is the worst thing I've ever experienced and I'm beginning to feel like life is just not worth living anymore. I came back to the conclusion that it may as well just be a bad case of giardia after looking up the symptoms on the web.

    Might I add, folks, I'm a fourteen-year-old girl. I have been suffering from this for a good year now and am resorting help from the Internet. Has anyone ever had long-term giardia and found something that worked for them? I appreciate it... thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms you describe are of Giardia. Correct terminology, Giardia lamblia. Some subtypes of this parasite tends to be highly resistant. Though you don’t mention the medication received, I suspect you received a homeopathic treatment since you saw a homeopath.

      Usually 3-5 stool samples are required because: 1, 2, 3 or 4 sample may come up as negative. Diagnosing G lamblia is not that easy for lab technicians and not many U.S. physicians consider parasites as a cause of abdominal problems.

      Even if the correct treatment is given, drug resistance is common for this parasite and 2-3 anti-parasitic drugs simultaneously might be considered(if this were the case), to get rid of the G. lamblia. But for now, the best single medication treatment is: Albendazole 200mg tabs. Take 2 tabs daily for 5 days. This should get rid of the G. lamblia.

  26. QUESTION:
    Non vertigo dizziness. Help!?
    I am a 19 year old female. I have had 3 concussions within 6 months of each other two years ago. I had had constant migraines for a year after the last concussion. I have since then received a DHE infusion treatment for the migraines. I am now pain free for a year, but a constant non-vertigo dizziness with periods of debilitating light-headiness has decided to stick around. I have been given multiple sets of blood work including lupus, lyme, B-12 deficiency, CBC, and Thyroid. Blood work revealed an extremely low iron level, for which iron supplements were given and the levels are back to normal if not slightly higher. Still the dizziness persists. I have had multiple MRI scans to find out if the dizziness and pain was from the concussions and the only thing found was a small shadow in my left frontal lobe, which was determined to be normal and to have most likely been there for years. I have had a ECG and a halter monitor which showed nothing but my heart leaning a little farther to the left, but normal and non harmful. My blood pressure is normal as are my sugar levels. If anyone has any similar symptoms and has had success in finding out the cause or seeking a treatment please let me know. I am not a sophomore in college and am transferring closer to home because of doctors appointments. My next step is acupuncture, but I am not really hopeful at this point.
    I have seen an ENT specialist twice as well, all is well in that department. I have seen a vestibular therapist who has not been able to shed any light on this nor give me suggestions. I have been cleared of any anxiety and panic disorders by a psychologist, who was quite confused as to why I was there at first. I have been on a plane three times since the accidents and they have not seemed to make this dizziness worse during or after. Medications have not worked.

    It is NOT motion sickness. TRUST ME. None of those drugs work.

    Thanks

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  27. QUESTION:
    Can I get a California Medical Marijuana License?
    I am an almost 17 year old female that suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, constant Migraines, and a very rare pain disorder known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. These various disorders affect my abilities to function normally and perform daily tasks such as getting a decent night sleep. I am currently seeing a therapist and psychiatrist for the mental part of my health, and am also in a therapeutic class at my high school. However, much work is still to be done for I am plagued by paranoia and nightmares, and dissociative events. For my pain disorder, I have tried everything from physical therapy, to acupuncture, to EMDR (a form of hypnotism), with no success. I currently take Seroquel (to help sleep and for depression, Prozac (antidepressant), and Elavil (for stomach problems). While they have been a great help, my pain disorder limits their ability, as well as the situations that the pain disorder brings. I have studied what marijuana can help, and it seems like I should give it a try. Yet, when calling different clinics and trying to schedule appointments and such, i was told numerous times, that because of my age, the chances of me getting licensed were lower than 10%. I have heard of minors getting their license, and I am in desperate need of finding something that can help ease the stress, physical pain, and dysfunction my disorders bring. Is it possible for me to get a license even with my age? To stress how this pain disorder and PTSD have affected my life, I will say I was a straight A student who played sports and joined clubs such as ASB and yearbook and volunteered at care centers for the elderly. In 8th grade, I suffered an injury that brought on my Pain disorder and triggered severe depression. For a year and a half I could not walk, and was dependent on my mother, a nurse, to help me perform daily tasks such as dressing myself. I am now walking and mainly independent, but I do have days where I have to use a wheelchair, or can't bear the pain and go to school. On a good night, I sleep 2 hours straight. My PTSD from abuse that began in my childhood and events that followed, have landed me into a classroom for the "emotionally disturbed." I want to get my life back in track, especially since college will be in just one year. While I do not suspect any form of medication or treatment to cure me, I do need help in finding something to ease some of the side affects. I'm aware that I have a lot to work on. Any answer is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Only a physician, with access to all of your medical records, can answer your question.

      I notice you posted this on Yahoo Answers Canada. You must be a California resident to get a California medical marijuana card.

  28. QUESTION:
    Someone look at my Essay, how is it?
    Need to hand it in in 3 hrs., can someone look at this and see if I did this correctly?
    Also does my title reflect my paragraphs well?
    The Placebo Effect
    The Placebo Effect, in this case, placebos have been quite convenient over the years, and it is used by many who believed in its purpose, oddly enough it has a way of making the user feel better. Placebos are seen as something incredibly bad and to others something very good. Why is that? Placebos such as homeopathic, sugar pills and acupunctures are said to have natural ingredients that can heal the user with mysterious effects. Placebos are proscribed by doctors, mainly outside of the United States, however, some places in the United States ban placebos. Due to hearing all sorts of information about placebos, one can bring up a question regarding the matter, what is a Placebo, in fact, The Placebo Effect in general?

    What is the Placebo Effect? The Placebo Effect is a false treatment used get patients to accept given and or prescribed medication, many clinicians use this method regularly. The Placebo Effect comes in many different forms to treat patients in some therapeutic way. For example, there are treatments that involve doctors to give their patients medication of no medical value, but an alternative as a replacement. These alternatives are inactive substances such as sugar pills, distilled water, and saline solution. Unlike real prescribed medicine, these inactive substances can help but the user will be able to see the results of this type of medication very slowly. Some people can see that the given medication lack medical value, thus, some still believe that it is helping them, yet there are others who seek real medicine, not a mere replacement. Even though medicine and or treatment has placebos tagged all over it, this still does not answer the healing powers it has to offer. The Placebo Effect is not only the practice of giving patients inactive substances for aiding whatever problem they are suffering from, but also a tool for research purposes.

    The Placebo Effect, it comes in many forms of treatment and it is known to falsely con patients that are seeking relief of their problems. For example, a patient is suffering from some sort of physical pain inside of his body, when this patient goes to see his doctor, the doctor examined the patient and offers the patient painkillers to ease his problem, but the doctor did not say a thing about the medication to the patient, or little does the patient know that the medication was an alternative for painkillers, however, the patient does not realized this at all and at the end of the day, it is like nothing happen at all. Not everyone is this gullible. Some people recognize placebos, and proclaim that placebos are “fake medicine” and due to such negative responses, placebo medication had been banned in some hospitals, in addition, it cost most doctors and medical practitioners their job. Placebos are given to women also, usually to those that are in labor, women suffering from pain, anxiety, agitation, vertigo, sleep problems, asthma, and drug withdrawal. Many doctors lie to their patients with disappointment. This is because they offer placebos instead of real medicine. Doctors and or medical practitioners that offer these substances are not telling the patient what he or she is truly receiving. Upon such false judgment, doctors are looked upon as untrustworthy and disrespectful liars in our society (Denise, n.p).

    Are placebos effective, just like the traditional medication we are accustomed to? For example, Carlton Hazlewood and his colleague Dr.Vallbona had problems with their knees. They both then conducted a study using magnets, they called this magnetic therapy. Amazingly, their study was successful, the use of magnets somehow relieve them of their knee pain. This baffled many including Dr.William, Jarvis, president of the National Council Against Health Fraud, dismissed magnetic therapy as “especially quackery.” Later he admits that this can help people suffering from post-polio pain (James, 109). In a form of medicine, placebos are looked at as fake medicine that lack levels of medical value; however, some people are actually fond of this hated medicine. Traditional medicine today can either have both a good and bad effect on the user. The reason some people turn away from traditional medicine today is because it can be life threatening. Either by taking a big amount or an amazingly small amount of medication can kill the user upon usage, if not, it can also lower or skyrocket blood pressure and or blood sugar inside the body, headaches and the list of either physical or mental pains goes on. Due to this, some people are looking for other ways to heal their body; therefore, placebo medications are used. It may not help the user as fast but it is surprisingly safer then some traditional medication. For instance, Homeopathic medicine
    Works Cited

    Catherine, Guthrie. “Homeopathy Finally Gets Some Respect”. Legends, Lore, and Lies A Skeptic’s Stance. 122-127. 2004. Print.

    Denise, Grady. “This Pill Will Make You Feel Better, But We’re Not Sure Why”. New York Times, 28, September. 2004. n.p. nytimes.com. April 5, 2011.

    Hillel Braude, et al. “Is There a Place for (Deceptive) Placebos Within Clinical Practice.?.
    American Journal of Bioethics 9.12 (2009): 52-54. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO.

    James D., Livingston. Magnetic Therapy: Plausible Attraction. Legends, Lore, and Lies A Skeptic’s Stance. 99-109. 2004. Print.

    Nunn, Robin. "Placebo Effects Without Placebos? More Reason to Abandon the Paradoxical Placebo."
    American Journal of Bioethics 9.12 (2009):50-52. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO.

    • ANSWER:
      i like it, your really good at eassys

  29. QUESTION:
    Question for people who have been diagnosed with GIARDIA or BEAVER FEVER?
    Howdy.
    I was diagnosed with giardia from a homeopath after a parasite test I did after suffering from stomach pain, lack of appetite/energy and nausea for a few months. I did a parasite cleanse and didn't see any changes, which made me think it must be some sort of other intestinal issue. This was in the Fall of 2010. Eventually I visited a Doc and did a stool sample, which came back negative.
    I tried a Goldenseal treatment, prescribed Zantac, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, changes in diet, allergy test (nothing to keep an eye out for), another homeopath--to no avail.
    A couple of months ago I did both a blood test (I was also tested for celiac) and an ultra-sound from my stomach and below. Both came back negative. Stress or anxiety is definitely not the case here.

    Now that it's Summer again, I'm going nuts, could I say, I'm getting worse and I'm desperate for help at this point, the nausea is the worst thing I've ever experienced and I'm beginning to feel like life is just not worth living anymore. I came back to the conclusion that it may as well just be a bad case of giardia after looking up the symptoms on the web.

    Might I add, folks, I'm a fourteen-year-old girl. I have been suffering from this for a good year now and am resorting help from the Internet. Has anyone ever had long-term giardia and found something that worked for them? I appreciate it... thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't trust a diagnosis of an infectious disease from a non-medical person since many diseases have the same symptoms. If the doctor did a stool sample and it came back negative for giardia then you don't have giardia.

      You should go see a gastrointestinal specialist (someone who specializes in problems of the gut). There is an answer, you just need to find the right source. I can't say for sure what it is, but it's probably not an infection since your body would have fought it off by now or there would be a steady progression of worsening symptoms. The thing that jumps to mind is Crohn's Disease. My friend has it and he has similar symptoms I think. It's treatable and many people live with it.


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