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 244 142
Fibromyalgia 134 87
General health 132 72
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 73 38
Fatigue 43 17
Multiple Sclerosis 37 17

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 12
Mild 72
None 347

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acupuncture

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 10
Bruising 7
Pain 6
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 46
as needed 9
monthly 9
every other week 7
m,w,f 3
every 3 weeks 2
1 hr monthly 1
1hours as needed 1
daily 1
every 3 months 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 269
Usually 104
Sometimes 45
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 33
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 134
Not at all hard to take 175
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 140
$100-199 80
$50-99 67
$25-49 17
< $25 44
Not specified 98
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37 patient evaluations for Acupuncture

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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
8 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
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

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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

  • 2 helpful marks
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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