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 279 180
Fibromyalgia 148 103
General health 148 88
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 78 41
Fatigue 44 18

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 17
Moderate 13
Mild 84
None 402

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acupuncture

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 13
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 51
as needed 16
every other week 13
monthly 10
every 3 weeks 2
m,w,f 2
1 hr weekly 1
2 hr one time 1
20 min weekly 1
1hours as needed 1

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Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 315
Usually 120
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 115
A little hard to take 159
Not at all hard to take 202
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 162
$100-199 89
$50-99 79
$25-49 24
< $25 55
Not specified 107
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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.

  • 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

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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