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 286 182
General health 151 90
Fibromyalgia 150 105
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 77 41
Fatigue 46 19

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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 13
Mild 83
None 410

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acupuncture

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 12
Bruising 8
Pain 6
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 52
as needed 17
every other week 15
monthly 12
m,w,f 4
every 3 weeks 3
1 hr weekly 1
20 min weekly 1
1hours as needed 1
45minutes as needed 1

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Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 322
Usually 120
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 118
A little hard to take 158
Not at all hard to take 207
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 165
$100-199 90
$50-99 79
$25-49 24
< $25 54
Not specified 111
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41 patient evaluations for Acupuncture

Apr 15, 2018 (Started Apr 10, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Advice & Tips: this treatment is three days a week. I haven't noticed a small benefit after the first visit, but not on the other two I've had.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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.

  • 1 helpful mark

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
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