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Acupuncture Tips

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Acupuncture to quit smoking. Acupuncture may help people stop smoking -- right after quitting, it may help relieve the nicotine withdrawal (not proven yet)
Ask your doctor. Ask your doctor if she thinks acupuncture might help your condition, and for a referral - treatments may be covered by your health insurance.
Blood thinners. Acupuncture using needles may not be right for you if you are taking any type of blood thinner (anticoagulant, such as warfarin). Ask your DR
Bursitis and Tendonitis. Consider acupuncture as part of a treatment plan for bursitis and tendonitis.
Check your insurance. See if your insurance covers acupuncture. Find out the deductible & copay for complementary and alternative medicine treatments.
Credentials. Check your acupuncturist's credentials. Look for accreditation by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Infertility treatment. Preliminary results suggest acupuncture may increase the success rate of in vitro fertilization (published in BMJ, Feb 2008)
Muscle spasms. Consider acupuncture if you have painful muscle spasms, along with trigger points (areas of skin that are sensitive and cause radiating pain)
Needle size. Needles in Japanese acupuncture are smaller than in Chinese acupuncture (EG, goshin needle is .12"-.18", versus .32" for chinese)
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