Will it help you keep your mind focused? I am not sure, but probably not. Cupping has more effect locally than it does systemically.
Pharmaceutical steroids over time actually weaken the bone and inter-joint tissue so multiple steroid injections can actually contribute to degenerative joint disease.
Acupuncture is excellent in lowering inflammation and lessening pain. It stimulates your body to produce natural anti-inflammatories. Add in electrical stimulation that works from the inside to the outside and natural or homeopathic injectables (for licensed acupuncturists certified in this technique), you will be amazed at how much better your knees and other joints will feel.
Mixed results will be dependent upon how bad the joint has degenerated, how much joint tissue is left, how many steroid therapies have been injected, lifestyle such as smoking, poor diet, activity, etc., and of course the patient's compliancy to treatment. If a patient expects 3 or 4 treatments to cure years of pain and degeneration, that would be an irrational expectation. It might take 10 or more acupuncture treatments plus ongoing maintenance of once every month or two to keep the joint in good health. In my practice I have seen amazing results acupuncture and injection therapies for osteo arthritis.
Chinese Medicine Practitioners and doctors diagnose conditions a little differently than allopathic doctors do. Patients diagnosed with CFS in western medicine may be diagnosed in eastern Chinese medicine as having a deficiency of yang and or yin (essence of internal function), Qi (oxygen/neuro energy) or even a stasis in their blood (blood that doesn't move well such as dehydration, poor nutrition, etc). Thus, they are treated with herbs, nutrients and acupuncture to help resolve these issues. Patients will likely be encouraged to participate in gentle meditative excises such as qigong or tai-chi to build their energy without exhausting themselves.
Here is a PubMed paper on a study that was done using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for CFS. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2816380/
Chinese medicine looks as dysmenorrhea from several different stand points. Mostly, it is a qi (oxygen/blood energy) stagnation issue. This is a lack of oxygen or blood that is not moving effectively in the uterus or in the tissue surround the female organs. This could be caused from hormones, emotional & physical health, birth control, or even exhaustion that can cause dehydration and lack of overall energy.
A licensed Chinese medicine practitioner will evaluate you using pulse diagnosis, asking you questions about your lifestyle, birth control, family history, etc., and with the treatment of acupuncture and Chinese herbs you will likely get the relief that you are looking for from dysmenorrhea.
With you giving 100% to your weight loss goals and keeping your promises to yourself and acupuncture giving you 100% with regular treatments helping your body perform at is best you are bound to have success in meeting your weight loss goal.
Hyperactive thyroid can cause a host of systemic issues. If untreated it typically does not get better but with treatment a patient can get a lot of relief and in some cases remain asymptomatic.
Something has set your body off into this autoimmune response. Finding that cause is the trick. Treatment with acupuncture and Chinese medicine is effective in treating this disorder. Find a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in this type of treatment, remain compliant to the treatment protocol that they recommend and you can treat this naturally.
This will tell us your the function of your immune system, hormones, liver enzymes, blood deficiencies or excesses. Basically it gives a good foundation to see what is going on inside your body.
The inability to gain weight is mostly due to hormonal (thyroid/adrenal), inefficient bowel, malnutrition (nutrient poor), muscle wasting, smoking/alcohol consumption, hyperactivity or diseases such as cancer. There are other causes, but these would be the top reasons. I recommend that you see your primary care doctor first. Once you know the cause for the weight loss, an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner can help you find the right protocol to treat the cause. Treating the root/cause will take care of the branch/symptom.
Allergies are an immune system response to a trigger. Homeopathics have actually shown to lessen a person's response to an allergen through homeopathic exposure to the pathogen, and acupuncture can change the immune system response such as histamine which is release by mast cells, a natural white cell produced by our bodies. A histamine response to an allergen doesn't mean that the allergen is bad, it just that for some reason our bodies react severely to it. Acupuncture helps our bodies lower and manage inflammatory responses. An allergic response is an inflammatory response.
A 9-year old will respond quickly to acupuncture, but in some cases, your acupuncturist might recommend other therapies such as shoni-shin that you can do at home to help your son between treatments.
I would recommend that you contact a license acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner in your area experienced in treating digestive disorders and have them to a complete assessment on you including pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis (the only muscle that we can see with direct connection to your digestive system), nutritional and lifestyle assessment.