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 256 146
Fibromyalgia 141 93
General health 135 75
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 74 40
Fatigue 43 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 17
Moderate 12
Mild 75
None 359

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acupuncture

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 11
Bruising 7
Pain 7
things sometimes get worse before they get better 5
Injection site pain 4
Dizziness 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Acupuncture

Dosage Patients
weekly 47
as needed 12
every other week 10
monthly 10
every 3 weeks 2
m,w,f 2
1hours as needed 1
daily 1
every 3 months 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 278
Usually 111
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 34
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 142
Not at all hard to take 183
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 145
$100-199 84
$50-99 68
$25-49 18
< $25 45
Not specified 103
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40 patient evaluations for Acupuncture

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woofhound
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woofhound
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

See woofhound's full Acupuncture history

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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AnotherLizMorgan
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AnotherLizMorgan
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 29
Condition: Seasonal Allergy
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Seasonal Allergy

See AnotherLizMorgan's full Acupuncture history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Rebelor
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Rebelor
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60y
  • Duration: 8 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
0 seizures
5 weeks ago
I am: g
I have:
Epilepsy

See Rebelor's full Acupuncture history

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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