Dr. Carol Revak NMD, Acupuncturist

Dr. Carol Revak NMD

Naturopathic Physician

8600 E Rockcliff Rd Tucson AZ, 85750

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Carol Revak is an acupuncturist practicing in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Revak evaluates and treats patients based on the concepts of oriental medicine. Acupuncturists complete their evaluations by getting a patient history and looking at and touching the body. Then, they place very fine acupuncture needles into specific points on the body. Stimulating these points and nerves is how Dr. Revak treats the patients condition. Many of the bodys systems respond to acupuncture, and it can treat physical pain as well as emotional stress.

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  • Is tiredness normal after acupuncture?

    Sometimes people feel more energized after an acupuncture session and other times people can feel quite tired afterwards. Both are normal responses that reflect what the body needed at the time of the acupuncture session. Feeling fatigue is an indication that the body is cleansing and eliminating toxins and may last for a few days. Let yourself relax during the healing process while the wisdom of body brings you into a state of greater balance. READ MORE

  • What can acupuncture do for the muscles?

    From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, spasms and cramps in the muscles are considered to result from stagnation of qi (energy) and blood. Acupuncture has been used throughout the ages for treating muscle spasms by needling acupoints that promote the free flow of qi and blood to release the stagnation. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture promotes the body’s release of natural anti-inflammatory steroids as well as pain relieving endorphins. READ MORE

  • I take blood thinners regularly. Is acupuncture dangerous for me?

    There is always a slight risk of some bleeding when puncturing the skin with a needle, even when a patient is not taking blood thinners. However, the acupuncturist’s extensive training in needling techniques and knowledge of the body and the acupoints minimize risk. A PubMed (National Institute of Health Medical Library) article from 2015 examined 384 patients on blood thinners who collectively received nearly 3974 acupuncture treatments. One moderate bleeding event occurred in 3974 treatments (0.003%). The researchers concluded that acupuncture appears to be safe in anti-coagulated patients, assuming appropriate needling location and depth. READ MORE

  • What does "Qi" mean in acupuncture?

    In simple terms, qi denotes energy. As an example, fatigue is considered to be a deficiency of qi. There are two basic type of qi - the energy a person gets from the parents (congenital qi) and the energy a person gets from food eaten and from the air taken in (acquired qi). While there are other subdivisions of qi that guide the acupuncturist in defining the source of a person’s imbalance, it is likely that your acupuncturist was referring to qi in the broadest sense as energy. READ MORE

  • When should I get acupuncture treatment for fertility?

    According to Chinese Medicine, infertility issues can be due to various underlying pattern imbalances such as a deficiency or stagnation imbalance in an acupuncture channel or organ. Your question demonstrates why acupuncture is so effective for enhancing fertility, as each case is treated individually, according to the specific imbalance. So, you can book an initial appointment anytime. Then your acupuncturist will determine the best time for your session after assessing your (or your husband’s!) pattern imbalance. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture raise blood pressure?

    I have personally seen acupuncture to only have the effect of decreasing blood pressure and this is a well reported outcome. However, if your friend was anxious about needling, it might have been a sympathetic nervous response to the treatment, or an unknown mechanism operating within your friend, or something else entirely. READ MORE

  • Chronic constipation. Should I go for acupuncture?

    Acupuncture tends to be relaxing and promote the function of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), also referred to as 'Rest and Digest'. The PNS also increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract. A recent study done in China with over 1000 people demonstrated that acupuncture with electrical stimulation is a valid treatment option for people suffering from chronic constipation. READ MORE

  • Where are the acupuncture points for fertility?

    Your acupuncturist will likely needle points on the belly and back. Points on the lower leg may be used as the meridians that travel to the pelvic area start there. Points on the lower arm can be used to balance the lower leg points. Points on the head may also be included as they promote relaxation and lower stress. The exact points used will be determined by your acupuncturist when s(he) identifies the pattern imbalance that underlies your fertility issue. READ MORE

  • Do you recommend acupuncture for neuropathy?

    Acupuncture helps to relieve the chronic pain of neuropathy, as well as stimulates blood flow to help tissues recover from nerve damage. A small study published in 2007 in the European Journal of Neurology showed acupuncture to be more effective for improving symptoms of peripheral neuropathy than traditional medical care. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture improve blood circulation?

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one main function of acupuncture is the circulation of qi (energy) and blood throughout the body. This claim was supported by a 2015 study using photoplethysmography (PPG), a technique used to detect blood volume changes in small blood vessels. The results published in Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits demonstrated that acupuncture induces “significant elevation of peripheral blood flow.” Modern studies continue to confirm the many positive benefits of acupuncture recognized by TCM for thousands of years. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • Are acupuncture needles 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 disposed of in sharps containers after their use. READ MORE

  • 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 are forbidden during pregnancy as they can stimulate uterine contractions READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 acupuncture. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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. After the series has ended, then once a month could be part of a maintenance program. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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). 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 results from correcting underlying imbalances in meridians and organs. Modern research has shown that acupuncture releases endorphins and balances the stress hormone response. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • Should I get acupuncture for my fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms can include changes in physical function and well-being, fatigue, sleep challenges, stiffness and pain. While some studies found that acupuncture provides relief even for severe FM, other studies found no benefit. Some researchers have put this contradiction down to the many variables involved in FM, differences in study design and patient study groups. Although not every person receiving acupuncture has reported the same level of success, the fact that there are relatively few to no side effects suggests that acupuncture is surely worth a try to see if you can benefit. In terms of the 'how does it help'…a March, 2018 study published in the journal Pain Medicine examined the effects of acupuncture on FM symptoms. The researchers found changes in two chemicals that may explain the improvement of pain. There was an increase in serum serotonin, sometimes called the happy chemical, while there was a decrease in levels of substance P, thought to be involved in transmission of pain and other nerve impulses. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture cure hypertension?

    Along with blood pressure readings, an acupuncturist treats hypertension by first making a pattern diagnosis. The acupuncturist will determine your particular pattern by examining your tongue and pulse(s), along with history taking, observation and examination. This makes for a very successful and individualized treatment as two people with the same high blood pressure numbers may receive very different acupuncture treatments. The number of treatments you need for the best results will be determined by your acupuncturist. Hypertension is a condition that also benefits greatly when Chinese herbs are part of the treatment plan, when appropriate. Give it a try! READ MORE

  • How should I prepare for my acupuncture session?

    Wear loose clothing. If you have any questions regarding your health, write them down and take to your appointment, so you don't forget. Make sure you have eaten something the day of your appointment as acupuncture moves energy and you don't want to be light-headed from low blood sugar. It's nice to take a relaxing shower before your visit. READ MORE

  • Is there an acupuncture treatment for weight gain?

    If an underlying medical condition has been ruled out, you may want to see an acupuncturist. The acupuncture practitioner will employ the four pillars (looking, listening, touching, asking) and eight principles (yin, yang, exterior, interior, heat, cold, deficiency, excess). After this assessment, the acupuncturist will be able to determine if you have a pattern imbalance that acupuncture can help. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture help my lower back pain?

    Back pain is the number one reported reason people seek acupuncture. Chinese Medicine considers stagnation of qi and blood significant factors in causing pain in the body. Releasing blocked energy and increasing blood flow can give relief in pain syndromes. Aside from the local (low back) effects in pain relief, acupuncture stimulates the release of chemicals such as endorphins, natural opioids and other neurochemicals that affect pain. Additionally, acupuncture supports the body’s natural healing abilities and helps the body-mind to relax. There are several different acupuncture techniques that can be used to treat back pain. Both local points (low back) and distal points (other areas of the body) have the ability to give relief. Some acupuncturists use electro-acupuncture (needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips), while others use needles without electrical stimulation. The technique used for your low back pain will depend on the style used by the acupuncturist you choose. READ MORE

  • Can acupunture decrease my body weight?

    Acupuncture for weight loss is very popular and can be very successful. Acupoints on the abdomen support digestion, elimination and metabolism. Acupoints on the ear help reduce hunger and stress eating. Studies have shown that electro-acupuncture (needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips) can balance hormones such as leptin, resistin and adiponectin that are involved in hunger, satiety, blood sugar balance and metabolism. Acupuncture treatments for weight loss are done in a series of sessions until the desired weight goal is achieved. The addition of Chinese herbs adds to successful outcomes. READ MORE

  • How does cupping therapy work?

    Cupping is a therapy that can be traced back to ancient cultures. It involves placing cups made of various material on the skin to create suction. By bringing more blood flow to the area, it can relieve pain and muscle tension, increase blood circulation and promote healing of tissues. Cupping can be very relaxing and help an athlete’s muscles work at optimal level especially if they are tense. For helping the mind to focus, acupuncture may be a better choice, as it releases endorphins and balances other neurotransmitters for the mental benefits you seek. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture require other medicines to be effective?

    I love this question, as it demonstrates the versatility of acupuncture whether used alone or with other medicines. Acupuncture as a stand alone therapy has been shown to be effective while eliminating the risk of potential side effects from pharmaceutical medications. When used with pharmaceutical medications, acupuncture can improve the effectiveness of drugs, help minimize/eliminate drug reactions and in many cases reduce the need for medications. Adding Chinese herbal medicine to acupuncture can enhance effectiveness, as both focus treatment on a person’s patterns of disharmony. READ MORE

  • Do you recommend acupuncture for children?

    Thanks for thinking about acupuncture for your child. The techniques used on children are usually different than acupuncture for adults. Because the curative power of acupuncture lies in the body’s acupuncture points, needles are just one of many ways to access the qi. Some practitioners do use needles with children, but the needles are withdrawn quickly and not retained. Other options to access the qi include acupressure, tuning forks applied to the points, acubeads that adhere to the points, and light or laser application. Using acupuncture modalities with children can be quite successful as the body’s vital force is generally stronger in the young. Check with acupuncturists in your area to determine who might work with children. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help in treating chronic fatigue syndrome?

    The Mayo Clinic website states that chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition. This is a case where the power of acupuncture can shine. Despite the lack of an underlying medical diagnosis, a Chinese Medical practitioner develops a treatment plan based on patterns of imbalance, gained through inquiry and external observation. Acupuncture can help improve energy (qi) on many levels. It can treat infectious processes, balance hormones and neurotransmitters, help improve sleep, reduce stress and restore digestive function to extract nutrition from food. Of course, it is important to rule out any underlying health problems that may be contributing to fatigue. READ MORE

  • Does having acupuncture hurt?

    That’s a great question. Pain isn’t always a given with acupuncture. There are many different styles of acupuncture. More aggressive styles seek to elicit a “qi response” by twisting or flicking the acupuncture needle after it is inserted. Some people might experience a bit of discomfort, while other may enjoy the feeling as a gentle current that signals the qi flow. Gentler styles are less invasive, use thinner needles and don’t manipulate the needle after it is inserted. The qi flow is usually felt as a general sense of relaxation and sometimes euphoria. Acupuncture is very helpful in treating stress and headaches, by the way. To find an acupuncturist that is the best fit for you, call some local acupuncturists and ask about their type of practice. You may be surprised to discover that rather than pain, there is a feeling of relief and well-being. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat my digestive disorders?

    In my clinical experience, treating gastrointestinal issues is an area where acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal therapy excels. Problems with digestion could range from issues like acid reflux, nausea and vomiting to inflammatory processes, constipation, loose stools, infectious processes, etc. The success in treating digestive issues with acupuncture is because each patient will receive an individualized plan regardless of the specific complaint. I highly recommend you give it a try. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me quit smoking?

    Besides acupoints on the body, there is a specific set of acupoints on the ears that help a person stop smoking or quit other addictive substances such as alcohol and drugs. During a session, small, stainless-steel, disposable acupuncture needles are inserted into 5 points on the outer surface of each ear. Multiple studies have confirmed the effectiveness of the NADA ear protocol, named after the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association where it was developed. Clients report reductions in cravings, stress, anxiety, minimized withdrawal symptoms, better sleep, and less desire to continue the addictive behavior. Check out the website acudetox.com to learn more about this successful treatment. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with TMJ?

    Acupuncture treats both the physical symptoms as well as the various causes of TMJ disorders by balancing the meridians that go through the jaw and also by releasing related acupuncture points on other parts of the body. It helps relieve pain that can occur when chewing, swallowing and speaking and also relaxes the ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones involved in TMJ dysfunction. READ MORE

  • I have arthritis, and I'm considering acupuncture. Will it help?

    A main reason for acupuncture’s successful treatment of arthritis results from the traditional way of viewing the body from it’s root imbalances. It restores the flow of qi and blood to increase joint mobility, while releasing any “pathogenic factors” (wind, cold, damp or heat) that cause pain and inflammation. Mechanisms of pain reduction include increasing the body’s natural pain-reducing chemicals (endorphins), blocking pain signals from the nervous system to the brain and generally relaxing body and mind. When appropriate, a practitioner will also apply heat through a far-infrared lamp or a Moxa stick (dried mugwort) to increase the success of the treatment. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help treat an excessive sweating problem?

    Yes! Sweat is considered a fundamental substance according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Too much or too little sweating is a symptom that helps identify one of several different patterns of disharmony within the body.  One reason for the success of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs) in treating problems with sweating, is because each person is treated according to their own unique pattern imbalance. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat chronic fatigue syndrome?

    Yes, it can help improve energy on many levels. Acupuncture can balance hormones and neurotransmitters, help improve sleep, reduce stress and restore digestive function to extract nutrition from food. Of course, it is important to rule out any underlying health problems that may be contributing to fatigue. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating skin disorders?

    Along with Chinese herbs and dietary therapy, small studies have shown acupuncture to help relieve, itching, inflammation and skin changes in eczema and other skin disorders. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with ulcer pain?

    Studies have shown that acupuncture helps with healing of both duodenal (small intestine) and gastric (stomach) ulcers with healing verified by gastroscopy in some cases. A few weeks of acupuncture along with dietary recommendations and abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes gave the best results. READ MORE

  • Lately I've been experiencing a lot of fatigue. Can acupuncture help?

    Yes, it can help improve energy on many levels. Acupuncture can balance hormones and neurotransmitters, help improve sleep, reduce stress and restore digestive function to extract nutrition from food. Of course, it is important to rule out any underlying health problems that may be contributing to fatigue. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with nausea?

    There is a specific acupuncture point named Pericardium 6 that has a great track record for treating nausea. A search for the point on the internet gives the precise location of the point which can also be treated with acupressure (without needles). Pressing this point for several minutes can really help! READ MORE

  • How is arthritis treated with acupuncture?

    Yes! In fact, Chinese medicine has such a thorough understanding of arthritis, that joint pain falls under a special category called "Bi Syndrome." Acupuncture along with Chinese herbal formula has helped improve many types of joint dysfunction for centuries. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in relieving my mother's depression?

    A 2013 article published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that electroacupuncture was just as effective as Fluoxetine (generic Prozac) in reducing symptoms of depression. So, it is certainly worth giving it a try. Be aware that more than one treatment is necessary to see results. Because you classify your mother's depression as extreme, even though she is afraid of medications, please be sure she is also working with her doctor. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in treating anemia?

    One study showed that acupuncture can increase serum ferritin, a protein that stores, releases and transports blood iron. However, since there are many different types and causes of anemia, a proper diagnosis is essential. Anemia can be from a primary blood cell deficiency or can occur secondary to another disease. So, whether acupuncture can help depends on the cause of the anemia. READ MORE

  • How effective are acupressure slippers?

    There are many pressure points on the bottom of the feet, but only one acupuncture point. So, the pressure points accessed with "acupressure" slippers may be more related to a system such as reflexology that correlates areas on the feet to organs and systems of the body. A practitioner of reflexology can be a better judge of the slippers. READ MORE

  • My wife has no drive for sex. Will acupuncture be able to help at all?

    Acupuncture has been used for centuries to enhance sex drive. One factor in its success is diagnosing and treating underlying pattern imbalances in health conditions, whether they arise from physical, emotional, or mental issues. It can be very relaxing to a stressed mind, balance hormones responsible for libido and pleasure, and increase vaginal lubrication. Using Chinese herbs along with acupuncture significantly improves outcome. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in boosting fertility?

    Acupuncture has a great success rate for enhancing fertility and can also promote a woman's general health before getting pregnant. Acupuncture helps reduce excess stress which can affect reproductive hormones, increases blood flow to the sexual organs and balances the endocrine system. However, some medical problems cannot be addressed with acupuncture, such as tubal adhesions. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture help in treating my loud cough?

    There are many different reasons for chronic cough such as infections, irritations, allergies, sinus problems, silent reflux, certain medications, etc. Your chest scan was an important first step to eliminate any visible problems in your respiratory system. An acupuncturist takes a history along with a tongue and pulse reading to determine the "underlying pattern imbalance" such as Lung Qi deficiency, Lung Yin deficiency, etc. The principles of Chinese Medicine guide the acupuncturist in diagnosing and treating a condition, even when the cause is not obvious. READ MORE

  • Can insomnia be treated with acupuncture?

    Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs have shown great results for improving sleep. They are very effective in calming the nervous system, reducing pain, balancing hormones. Especially effective are the acupoints on the ears as they can help to balance neurotransmitters important for sleep. Give it a try! READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating depression?

    Mood disorders (depression, stress, anxiety) is an area where acupuncture excels. Your daughter can begin acupuncture treatments while she is still on antidepressants. If her intention is to reduce her medication dosage over time, it is critically important to do that with her doctor. If you could find an acupuncturist who can work with her doctor, this team approach could be very effective in transitioning to a more natural approach in her treatment of depression. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture improve sleep?

    Depending of the cause of the insomnia, acupuncture can be very helpful. It is especially effective when anxiety is at the root of poor sleep as it is very calming to the nervous system, It is also very effective when pain is the reason that keeps a person from sleeping. For sleep apnea (disordered breathing) or other medical conditions, it is important to receive appropriate medical treatments and use acupuncture as a complementary treatment. READ MORE

  • Why do I have so much gas and bloating?

    Having some intestinal gas is a natural product of the digestive process. Excessive gas and bloating can be caused by excess air swallowing while eating, drinking fluids with meals, drinking carbonated beverages, or by bacterial action in the colon. Foods high in soluble fiber and some carbohydrates can increase gas and bloating as a result of bacterial action in the digestive tract. Some of these include foods in the cabbage family, beans, and onions. Some people lack the enzyme responsible for digesting lactose, a type of sugar in dairy products, which results in gas and bloating. Since different food groups require different enzymes, one school of thought believes combining certain food groups at the same meal can cause more gas and bloating. Finally, after years of a poor quality diet, the development of irritable bowel syndrome can challenge the digestive process and result in more gas and bloating. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me in managing stress?

    Acupuncture excels at managing stress, especially with needling points on the ears, as they access calming neurotransmitters. Many studies have shown the benefit of acupuncture in reducing various types of pain. READ MORE

  • Is it safe for me to continue my acupuncture during pregnancy?

    You ask a very important question. Many women find acupuncture helpful in managing issues that arise during pregnancy...BUT...some acupuncture points must be avoided during pregnancy, such as those that stimulate uterine contractions. So, be sure to work with an acupuncturist with knowledge of points that are "forbidden" during pregnancy. READ MORE

  • Is it advisable to take acupuncture treatment along with normal medication?

    It is not a problem to have acupuncture while on medication for hypertension. However, it is wise to be cautious when a person is on blood-thinning medications as there could be some minor bleeding at points when the needles are withdrawn. READ MORE

  • Are acupressure and acupuncture the same?

    Acupuncture is done with needles. Acupressure does not use needles but rather pressure on the acupoints usually with fingers. With acupuncture, many needles can be in the body at the same time. Whereas with acupressure, the practitioner can only contact 2 points at a time. Acupressure is a nice alternative for folks who don’t want needles. READ MORE

  • My mother in law feels very sleepy all through the day. Can acupuncture help her?

    It’s likely acupuncture can help depending on the root of the issue. Is she sleepy during the day because she doesn’t sleep well at night or is she getting a full night sleep and still feels sleepy during the day? An acupuncturist would determine the “underlying pattern” by asking this and other questions to find the best treatment plan. Several treatments (6-8) are best to provide relief. READ MORE

  • Is there any way acupuncture can help treat asthma?

    Acupuncture has a good track record in treating respiratory issues, including asthma. Part of the power of this therapy is treating the person not just the disease. This allows the acupuncturist to treat both symptoms and the root of the issue to bring lasting relief. I would recommend you give it a try. READ MORE

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