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Does Acupuncture Work?


DOES ACUPUNCTURE REALLY WORK?

YES.  In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined.  Today, acupuncture is practiced in Asia, the now disbanded Soviet Union, and in Europe.  It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians.

Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time as other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions.  It is important that your physician-acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all of your treatments.

DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN ACUPUNCTURE FOR IT TO WORK?

NO.  Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses, and other animals.  These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better.  A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment.  A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I can really believe in this.”) will not block treatment results. 

ARE THERE ANY “DO’S OR DON’TS” FOR ME ON THE DAY OF TREATMENT?

                Yes.  To enhance the value of a treatment the following guidelines are important:

  • Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment
  • Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within six hours before or after treatment.
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatments you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance

This is especially important for the first few visits: 

  • Continue to take any prescription medications as directed by your regular doctor.  Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatments.
  • Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment.  This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem.