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Old 17 October 2006, 22:21   #1
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Acupuncture

I'm interested to know if anyone has tried acupuncture and whether or not they saw results from it, especially experiences regarding asthma and eczema.

I hear lots of good things but you never know whether its actually really as good as people say it is.

Some 1st hand testimonials would be great before I go and shell out the cash to find nothing happens!

Thanks
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Old 17 October 2006, 23:05   #2
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It's no good for ribs apparently - can make the problem worse....
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My wife has acupuncture for her calf pain…..and swears by it ! I think it's a load of old tosh and pay a Registered Physiotherapist huge amounts of money to keep my shoulder mobile .. I swear it is the Placebo effect.. she swears..at me .… That doesn’t help much, does it? Try it and see how it affects you.
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Nah.
Placebo effect.
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Nah.
Placebo effect.

...but the power of Placebo/Auto-suggestion has been proven. The brain is a complex organ.. who knows if it will work for what you need.
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Placebo could be used to explan the reduction in pain but for something like eczema which is visible and also asthma then it must either work or it doesn't!

Might have to give it a go and see what happens. How much do the sessions cost roughly?
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My experience was amazing .
I used to do a LOT of kayaking and combined with a heavy job at the time I ended up with a combination of Tinosynovitus Carpel tunnel and an elbow problem something like tennis elbow.

My Doctor wanted to inject with Cortizone and felt certain I would need an operation .

I couldn't even pour a kettle at the time and had a huge lump on my wrist

I had just read a book about a guy called Paul Caffyn who kayaked around Autralia and Newzealand and he had acupuncture for similar wrist problems .

Well 3 10 minute sessions of the needles and I was pretty good , and to this day have not needed an op.
I have been back for a couple more treatments over the years usually when I have been overdoing it .

When the doctor was doing the acupuncture he put 3 needles around my thumb joint and the muscles in my lower arm were twitching and tingling , I asked why but he didn't know , just said it was the healing taking place .

Give it a go there is nothing to loose unlike Cortizone and other treatments . It cost nothing my GP did it , and I believe there are quite a few Acupuncture clinics run by Local Gp's
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Thanks Ian - thats sealed it, first stop will be the GP!
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My gp was reluctant to do the acupuncture . I had to persuade him . He didn't think it was any good for my sort of problems , and admitted he was surprised at the results. So be persuasive .
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