Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Jabal-Tariq, Aug 3, 2012.
Anybody ever had Acupuncture? What was your issue and did it work afterwards.
already a thread for this
Your going back to a thread from 2004?
Yeah , ya know an 8yr old post on a subject studied by the Chinese for how many thousands of years? I guess I understand the horror... eh, maybe you were looking for the crib notes
Since I can't edit this post, CalTex:
If you like the placebo effect, you'll love acupuncture.
It's OK for certain types of chronic pain and fatigue, but only if you go to see the doctors who were trained in China. I turned my boss into a convert after he had awful lumbar pain. Supposedly it's good for infertility too.
Back 6 years when I still smoked I came down with a nasty bronchitis, a deep dry cough that occurred at the first hot humid spell of the year, mid June in Boston. Went to my Dr who prescribed antibiotics - 3 days later I'm sleeping 2 hours a night. I'd lay down, but the lungs would fill and I would cough uncontrollably. In desperation I called an Acupuncturist who saw me the same day. I encountered a Chinese dude late 50's who proceeded to tune in to me. My distress was clear as I lay on the table. I was there maybe 50 min. I had to end treatment because I was just coughing so hard toward the end.
I went home that night, I drank water and took the herbs M**g prescribed. I went to bed and just crashed .... 12 hrs solid. I woke up feeling like a new man. I will never be able to articulately say enough about this experience, nor describe it as vividly or as accurately as it actually played out. The dude is a master.
A funny aside - as all this was going on, he looked at me before he had me lay down and said, "Hmm, does your shoulder hurt"? Yes, fuck it did! When I say I woke up as a new man, this was a part of it as well.
Words escape me, but if you find a Master, the word placebo will never enter your mind.
Anecdotes are not evidence. That's why we have the scientific method.
To answer the original question, no it does not.
Yes it works. Like RanMan said, you'll need to find a chinese man that is trained in China for the full effects of acupuncture. The human body has many points that these acupuncturists know about and it heals your ailments.
About two years ago I pinched a nerve or shot a muscle which in turn made a bone protrude from the back of my shoulder.. I woke up in the middle of the night with spasm-like pains shooting down my arm. The next day the pain went away, but I couldn't lift my arm above my shoulder and had lost considerable strength. I figured I had done something to my rotator cuff from years of pitching and serving. I was told I'd need X-rays and likely months of physical therapy.. I did a few acupuncture sessions and the muscle strengthened and the bone is now back to where it should be. I never got a full diagnosis because I never took the X-rays, but my arm is 100% again and have not had any problems since.
I've also used acupuncture for a tight jaw and have found that it really helps to relax the muscle..
Case by case. In my experience most acupuncturists (Asian and Western) can't find the meridians. They know the spot, but they don't get it into the channel, so the benefit is minimal. Moreover, Oriental doctors earn much more from herbal tonics and pills than from needles, so their emphasis is on the former. The best acupuncturist I ever found was an Aussie who trained for many years in Japan, China and Korea. Probably the most effective treatment I received was the vacuum cupping + lancing (blood letting), which draws out the blood. This technique is also used in the Arab world. I understand the lancing can't be performed in the US because Oriental doctors aren't allowed to draw blood.
Separate names with a comma.