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 236 134
Fibromyalgia 133 86
General health 131 70
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 73 38
Fatigue 41 17
Multiple Sclerosis 37 17

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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 14
Moderate 13
Mild 70
None 341

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acupuncture

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 10
Bruising 6
Pain 6
things sometimes get worse before they get better 6
Injection site pain 4
Soreness 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Acupuncture

Dosage Patients
weekly 49
monthly 10
as needed 9
every other week 9
m,w,f 4
1 hr monthly 2
every 3 months 2
one time 2
1hours as needed 1
daily 1

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Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 263
Usually 103
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 102
A little hard to take 133
Not at all hard to take 172
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 135
$100-199 79
$50-99 66
$25-49 17
< $25 43
Not specified 98
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36 patient evaluations for Acupuncture

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holmesa
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holmesa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See holmesa's full Acupuncture history

Oct 28, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 21, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

May 31, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

May 5, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Apr 13, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 19, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 4, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jun 30, 2014 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: After my fall in 2013 I found the pain-relief from the treatments excellent. Since my NHS physio referral didn't come until 6 months after the fall this was a life-saver.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Feb 26, 2013 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: I feel less pain, less stiffness & tremor & i am re-energised for a week-14 days after treatment
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Sep 23, 2012 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: I come from sessions energised & refreshed which lasts for days, wearing off gradually until the next treatment. If I could afford it I'd have it weekly but apart from the fee it is about 30 mins drive.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 10, 2011 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Nov 22, 2011 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: I have been attending mothly sessions since diagnosis (7 years). It is wonderful & gives me serenity, energy, balance & confidence. It is expensive & I have to travel 8 miles.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Sep 28, 2011 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: This treatment is expensive in terms of time (45min round trip + 1hr treatment) & money BUT it is so worth the cost! I rarely have needling now, tuning forks on those points instead & I recently started trialling sound therapy from the same practitioner. So energising - I feel literally on top of the world!!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 15, 2011 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: The energising & motivational effects are wonderful
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jan 16, 2010 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: TRY TO FIND QUALIFIED DOCTOR WHO HAS CHOSEN TO DIVERSIFY INTO ACUPUNCTURE. TRY TO RESEARCH DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACUPUNCTURE: MINE IS '5 ELEMENTS' . THIS INVOLVES WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TORSO LEVELLING/BALANCING THE INNER PERSON. Doc MARTIN SOMETIMES USES TUNING FORKS INSTEAD OF NEEDLES WHICH IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 1, 2009 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly
Advice & Tips: THIS NOT TRADITIONAL CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE: IT IS 5 ELEMENTS ACUPUNCTURE; ALL THE PRACTITIONERS IN MY CLINIC ARE QUALIFIED (MEDICAL) DOCTORS; IT DOESN'T WORK FOR EVERYONE
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Gusprieto
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Gusprieto
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Jul 9, 2015 (Started Mar 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: It's helped me, with my breathing and flexibility and stiffness and tightness and swallow and soreness with muscles.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Chelena
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Chelena
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis 22 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis

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Oct 15, 2014 (Started Jun 14, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Monthly
Advice & Tips: I decided to try a few courses of acupuncture this summer for pain leftover from my surgery last December 2103 and also pain leftover from effects of walking bone on bone for so long before surgery that my right shoulder, elbow, wrist and both knees were very compromised. (I had a left hip surgery but had used a cane as a crutch for too long. ) The acupuncture helped relieve some of the pain and also numbness and nerve pain left over from the surgery. Best of all, a positive and unexpected side effect was that my breathing became less tight. I have been doing yoga since Feb.2014 to regain balance, strength, and flexibility but it became clear that my chest was way too tight which affected my ability to breathe deeply and freely. I still have a ways to go but it's not as bad as it was before.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jan 31, 2005 (Started Jun 14, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: In general acupuncture for general health is a wonderful medicine. I have had some acupuncture treatments by certain practioners that really helped me with certain specific problems like menses related migraines but not for general migraines or depression or PTSD. I did a long course of treatment for six months in 2004 in hopes that it would help curb my depression. The treatments always made me feel relaxed and good for a few hours most of the time. But sometimes I got triggered in the sessions and would actually just cry and cry and cry through an entire session and end up really worse. So after a while I decided I needed to just concentrate on therapy and perhaps return to acupuncture one day when I have healed more and am less prone to triggers.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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