What is Acupuncture?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs Acupuncture Electronic Stimulated Scalp Acupuncture Show all

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See also: Moxibustion Heat Therapy

Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating needles into specific points on the body. These lie on 'chi meriridans', lines of energy flowing through the body from specific organs. Acupuncture aims to disrupt blockages of chi energy that accumulate in these points to improve health.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 277 175
Fibromyalgia 149 103
General health 146 88
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 77 41
Fatigue 44 18
Stiffness/Spasticity 38 27

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 17
Moderate 12
Mild 83
None 396

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acupuncture

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 13
Bruising 7
Pain 7
things sometimes get worse before they get better 5
Injection site pain 4
Anxious mood 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Acupuncture

Dosage Patients
weekly 54
as needed 16
every other week 15
monthly 10
m,w,f 4
2 hr one time 1
20 min weekly 1
1hours as needed 1
45minutes as needed 1
daily 1

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Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 308
Usually 118
Sometimes 51
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 39
Somewhat hard to take 116
A little hard to take 155
Not at all hard to take 198
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 161
$100-199 90
$50-99 75
$25-49 23
< $25 53
Not specified 106
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40 patient evaluations for Acupuncture

Jan 24, 2017 (Started Mar 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: with chronic pain, I actually felt WORSE after the procedure. The insertion of the needles, while normally nearly painless, hurt too much.

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Jan 19, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Itching)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Oct 13, 2016 (Started Mar 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sciatic nerve pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Bruising)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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