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Dr. Carol Revak, NMD

Acupuncturist

Dr. Carol Revak NMD is a top Acupuncturist in Tucson, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Carol Revak NMD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Carol Revak NMD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Carol Revak NMD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Tucson, AZ, Dr. Carol Revak NMD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Carol Revak, NMD
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Is acupuncture a better alternative to opioids?

An updated meta-analysis (data from 39 different trials) published in the Journal of Pain that included almost 21,000 patients concluded that “acupuncture is effective for the READ MORE
An updated meta-analysis (data from 39 different trials) published in the Journal of Pain that included almost 21,000 patients concluded that “acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, that the effects of acupuncture persist over time, and that the benefits of acupuncture cannot be explained away solely by the placebo effect”.

The mechanisms of pain relief with acupuncture continued to be studied and I have seen many people experience significant pain relief by using acupuncture.

Can more than one condition be treated in an acupuncture session?

Yes. Most health conditions can be treated at the same time with acupuncture, even if they seem unrelated. Arthritis, back pain and shoulder pain are easily treated at the same READ MORE
Yes. Most health conditions can be treated at the same time with acupuncture, even if they seem unrelated. Arthritis, back pain and shoulder pain are easily treated at the same time. Local points may be used directly in the areas involved and points remote from the areas may also be used to treat any imbalances at the root level.

Is an achy feeling normal in acupuncture?

An achy feeling after the needles are inserted if often an indication that qi (energy) is doing its job of releasing stagnation in the acupuncture channel. Often the most tender READ MORE
An achy feeling after the needles are inserted if often an indication that qi (energy) is doing its job of releasing stagnation in the acupuncture channel. Often the most tender points can give the best benefit.

However, if a blood vessel, nerve or tendon is punctured with a needle, there can be temporary discomfort from the irritation but this is usually experienced as a sharp pain or tingling sensation.

Can my rash be from acupuncture?

Often mild redness around the needles is a sign that the qi is doing its job of clearing out what is called a "pathogenic factor". However, if the rash is more than a temporary READ MORE
Often mild redness around the needles is a sign that the qi is doing its job of clearing out what is called a "pathogenic factor". However, if the rash is more than a temporary redness at the needle sites, it's possible that you had a reaction to the metal and you can certainly request different needles to test this.

Are acupuncture reused?

Actually that's an important question and you are smart to be informed of this before your first session. All acupuncture needles are sterile and single-use only. Needles are READ MORE
Actually that's an important question and you are smart to be informed of this before your first session. All acupuncture needles are sterile and single-use only. Needles are disposed of in sharps containers after their use.

Is acupuncture safe during the first trimester?

Acupuncture can be done throughout the entire pregnancy. Be sure to choose an acupuncturist who is familiar with treating pregnant women, however, as certain acupuncture points READ MORE
Acupuncture can be done throughout the entire pregnancy. Be sure to choose an acupuncturist who is familiar with treating pregnant women, however, as certain acupuncture points are forbidden during pregnancy as they can stimulate uterine contractions

How many sessions are needed for weight loss?

There are a variety of different acupuncture protocols used for weight loss. A popular one recommends 2 to 3 sessions a week for 4-6 weeks. However, it is possible that you could READ MORE
There are a variety of different acupuncture protocols used for weight loss. A popular one recommends 2 to 3 sessions a week for 4-6 weeks. However, it is possible that you could reach your weight loss goal in fewer treatments. After your weight goal is achieved, sometimes it is helpful to return for maintenance sessions at 1 or 2 per month.

How long does an acupuncture last usually?

Typical sessions can last from 30 minutes to over an hour depending on the condition being treated, the style of acupuncture being done and the vitality of the person receiving READ MORE
Typical sessions can last from 30 minutes to over an hour depending on the condition being treated, the style of acupuncture being done and the vitality of the person receiving acupuncture.

Is it normal to feel lethargic after my session?

I have seen the same needle placement energize a person after a treatment and cause fatigue in that same person after another treatment. That is because the body needs something READ MORE
I have seen the same needle placement energize a person after a treatment and cause fatigue in that same person after another treatment. That is because the body needs something different in each session. Acupuncture moves qi and blood, cleanses the body and helps eliminate toxins and waste. Depending on the body's needs, fatigue can be part of the normal healing process and a positive sign that acupuncture is working.

How often should I go for acupuncture?

When treating a chronic condition, results can happen more quickly, go deeper and last longer when a person commits to a series. This could be 1-2 sessions a week for 4-6 weeks. READ MORE
When treating a chronic condition, results can happen more quickly, go deeper and last longer when a person commits to a series. This could be 1-2 sessions a week for 4-6 weeks. After the series has ended, then once a month could be part of a maintenance program.

How many points are there in acupuncture?

Sources disagree on this 'point'! While traditional Chinese practitioners consider there to be as many as 2,000 acupuncture points, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified READ MORE
Sources disagree on this 'point'!

While traditional Chinese practitioners consider there to be as many as 2,000 acupuncture points, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified 361 acupuncture points in a report developed in 1991. That being said, there is a smaller subset of points traditionally used by acupuncturists as many of these very important points have multiple actions in the body.

Does a daith piercing help with migraines?

Both acupuncture and daith piercing involve puncturing the skin, but there are some notable differences. In a typical acupuncture treatment, sterile, stainless steel needles are READ MORE
Both acupuncture and daith piercing involve puncturing the skin, but there are some notable differences. In a typical acupuncture treatment, sterile, stainless steel needles are inserted to a depth of 1/4” to 1”. In a daith piercing, metal jewelry perforates through the ear cartilage.

For relief of migraines, several studies provide positive evidence for acupuncture, while that for daith piercing is purely anecdotal. A review of 22 trials involving almost 5,000 people revealed that acupuncture reduced the frequency of migraine headaches with effects similar to preventive medications. Headaches were reduced by more than half in almost 60% of participants.

Including lack of studies in daith piercing, medical professionals cite issues such as successful point location without the extensive training received by acupuncturists and the potential for infection. That being said, some migraine sufferers have reported benefit with daith piercings, but please keep the potential risks in mind.

Can acupuncture aid in autoimmune diseases?

There is a long tradition in Chinese medicine of treating joint pain and fatigue. Lupus along with other arthralgias belong to the category of ‘bi syndrome’. The goal of acupuncture READ MORE
There is a long tradition in Chinese medicine of treating joint pain and fatigue.

Lupus along with other arthralgias belong to the category of ‘bi syndrome’. The goal of acupuncture in treating bi syndrome is to restore qi and blood flow in the channels to relieve pain, numbness, swelling of joints. Acupuncture can also improve energy to relieve fatigue.

My son has awful shoulder pain. How can I help him?

You have taken an important first step in determining the source of your son’s shoulder pain. His pediatrician helped to eliminate the likely causes - problems with the shoulder READ MORE
You have taken an important first step in determining the source of your son’s shoulder pain. His pediatrician helped to eliminate the likely causes - problems with the shoulder joint, or muscles, ligaments, or tendons around the shoulder. Since this provided no clear answers, it may be time for some extra detective work so your son can return to playing the sport he loves!

Has the pediatrician considered other causes besides the obvious ones? Sometimes the cause of shoulder pain can be referred pain from something else going on in the body. The Mayo Clinic website lists over 20 potential causes of bilateral (both sides) shoulder pain.

If no physical cause can be found, are there any challenges, like bullying for example, that your son has encountered outside the house that would cause him not to want to venture outside?

Maybe a more comprehensive physical/emotional health exam with blood work would be helpful. If the pediatrician defers further exams, then perhaps seek out another GP.

When is acupuncture not recommended?

Acupuncture shouldn’t be received be someone with a pacemaker or seizure disorder. It is not recommended to receive acupuncture if a person is intoxicated (drugs or alcohol). READ MORE

Acupuncture shouldn’t be received be someone with a pacemaker or seizure disorder. It is not recommended to receive acupuncture if a person is intoxicated (drugs or alcohol). Also, avoid with a skin disorder, skin infection or bleeding problems from a condition such as hemophilia or on blood thinners.

Although there are great acupoints that can be needled in pregnancy, there are several points contraindicated in pregnancy.

Can acupuncture help with the cold?

Yes, there is a very long and successful history of using Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, body treatments such as cupping, etc) to treat the common cold and flu. Acupuncture READ MORE
Yes, there is a very long and successful history of using Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, body treatments such as cupping, etc) to treat the common cold and flu.

Acupuncture can be used along with other medications (natural supplements, herbs or pharmaceuticals) in treating a cold. There are acupuncture points that build the body’s resistance to disease and boost the immune system. Other points direct their action in relieving symptoms such as congestion, cough, headache, body aches, sore throat and fever.

Some of the points that treat the common cold are contraindicated in pregnancy, so it is important for a woman to inform the acupuncturist if she is pregnant.

I have numbness after my acupuncture session. What should I do?

I am assuming that before your acupuncture sessions for tight tendons, you had pain and restriction but no numbness. From your question, it seems that the numbness occurred after READ MORE
I am assuming that before your acupuncture sessions for tight tendons, you had pain and restriction but no numbness. From your question, it seems that the numbness occurred after receiving the acupuncture sessions.

It is not uncommon to initially feel slight discomfort (numbness, tingling, spreading, heaviness) during acupuncture treatments. This transient sensation is a signal that the qi is doing it’s job of clearing away stagnation in the channels - a therapeutic response.

Sometimes needling into a tendon, blood vessel or nerve can produce discomfort as a result of the needling technique and is not a part of the therapeutic qi response. This is usually minor and resolves when the needle(s) are withdrawn.

Because the discomfort you describe has persisted over a week after your last session, it is possible that there was some mild irritation caused by needling. Numbness is most often caused by damage, irritation of compression of nerves.

Your description of the sensations are not severe (mild pain, almost numb), so it is likely no serious damage was done. You can try the following to help accelerate the healing process.

There are several essential oils that possess anti-inflammatory properties and also relieve nerve pain. Some of these include lavender, sweet marjoram, peppermint and many, many more (Check the internet for more options). Be sure to do a skin test patch of the oil you choose before applying it to your arm and dilute it in a carrier oil. Do once a day or every other day.

Hot and cold hydrotherapy could help. Plunge your arm into a basin containing hot water (don’t burn yourself!) and leave for 3 minutes. Then immediately plunge your arm into a basin containing cold water. Leave for 1 minute. Immediately repeat the process two more times. This will stimulate circulation and promote the repair process. Do this once a day.

Can acupuncture help in treating my enlarged uterus?

Whether acupuncture can help depends on the cause of your enlarged uterus. If you haven’t yet gotten a medical diagnosis as to the reason for your enlarged uterus, it is important READ MORE
Whether acupuncture can help depends on the cause of your enlarged uterus. If you haven’t yet gotten a medical diagnosis as to the reason for your enlarged uterus, it is important to determine this with your doctor. The most common causes of an enlarged uterus are uterine fibroids and adenomyosis.

Uterine fibroids are benign growths of the uterus that rarely become cancerous. Size varies from very small to quite large. Fibroids often appear during childbearing years, typically grow under the influence of estrogen and usually resolve after menopause. The Mayo Clinic website lists other possible causes as genetic changes in normal uterine muscle cells or changes in growth factors that stimulate the growth of tissues. Many women have found that using acupuncture/electro-acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary protocols and essential oils to be effective at helping to shrink fibroids.

Adenomyosis enlarges the uterus when endometrial tissue that lines the uterus invades the muscular wall of the uterus. The cause remains unknown, but also usually resolves after menopause. There is not a great deal of research on the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating adenomyosis, but a study published in the December 2014 issue of World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion reports 100% effectiveness using acupuncture treatment of 23 cases of adenomyosis.

How can acupuncture reduce my mental stress?

Acupuncture is very effective in relieving stress. It is rewarding to watch the relaxation response that occurs after inserting the needles. Chinese Medicine explains that this READ MORE
Acupuncture is very effective in relieving stress. It is rewarding to watch the relaxation response that occurs after inserting the needles. Chinese Medicine explains that this results from correcting underlying imbalances in meridians and organs. Modern research has shown that acupuncture releases endorphins and balances the stress hormone response.

How often should I get acupuncture?

That is a great question because frequency of treatments is one important factor in getting success with acupuncture. Initially having several treatments in a row (1-3 times READ MORE
That is a great question because frequency of treatments is one important factor in getting success with acupuncture.

Initially having several treatments in a row (1-3 times a week for 3-4 weeks) is usually best. Sessions done closer together can build on each other, providing deeper and more sustained relief of anxiety.

After completing the initial treatment series, monthly maintenance sessions are often recommended. However, you may find that your current timetable of once every three months is sufficient to sustain the results you seek. Let that be your guide.