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Acupuncture Treatment, Cost and List of Illness it Cures

Updated on May 4, 2011

Acupuncture, what does it cure? We all know that acupuncture is one of the greatest inventions of the Chinese clan but we don’t know the numerous ailments and terrible body conditions acupuncture cures. In this hub I’m gonna discuss what is acupuncture, how it works and the list of sickness acupuncture cures.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into specified points on the body for pain relief and healing purposes. It is originated from the belief that living things (human and animals specifically) have a vital energy called "qi" that circulates through invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is connected to different organs in the body. An imbalance, blocked and broken flow of “qi” represents an imbalance, blocked and broken circulation which results to illness and diseases. Wow, the Chinese really amaze me. Traditional Chinese acupuncture really makes sense, eh.

Acupuncture specialists insert needles into specified points along meridian lines to restore the balance of the flow of qi. There are over thousands of acupuncture points across the human anatomy.

The history of acupuncture and modern acupuncture is completely discussed in wiki.

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How does Acupuncture Work?

If you want an acupuncture treatment, you may likely to undergo the following steps for acupuncture:

Patient assessment – the acupuncturist will gather health records and information about you. He may ask about relevant information related with your health concern. Basically, he will assess you if you’re fine to have the treatment.

Diagnosis and treatment – after the assessment goes the diagnosis and treatment. The acupuncturist will insert 6-12 acupuncture needles (acupuncturist use disposable needles sterilized with ethylene oxide or by autoclave BTW) to specified points on the body during the treatment. No worries, you may feel slight sting at first but after the needles were inserted, you won’t feel anything but comfort and relaxation. Acupuncture treatment usually takes 20 to 30 minutes depending upon your diagnosis. Sometimes it takes an hour.

Other acupuncture techniques may be applied – The acupuncturist may use the following techniques in some treatments:

Moxibustion – also known as “moxa”. This is the heating of needles with some dried herb sticks to warm and stimulate the acupuncture point

Cupping – this is the application of glass cups to create suction on the skin.

Electrostimulation – this provides electrical stimulation to two to four acupuncture needles

Laser acupuncture - non-needle stimulation of needles

Acupuncture Costs

How much will it cost per treatment?

Initial visit for acupuncture session and consultation costs around $100 to $125 although some doctors charge little less or more. Follow up appointments range from $50 to $100 per visit. Wellness clinics offer lower fees while professional medical doctors charge higher fees. Contact your health insurance provider if acupuncture is covered under your health insurance benefits plan.

List of Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture has been practiced for over 5,000 years now. It is indeed one of the amazing discoveries in the field of scientific and natural medicine. The list includes the numerous ailments and sickness acupuncture has treated wonderfully.

Back pains

Weight loss


Migraines and headaches

Common colds


Addiction to nicotine (quit smoking)

Addiction to alcohol

Addiction to drugs

Post-traumatic stress disorder




Muscle pains

Dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps

Meniere's disease



trigeminal neuralgia

tennis elbow

cosmetic acupuncture or facelift


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      James Chong 

      6 years ago

      E² Acupuncture Science

      Any skeletal muscle pain can be easily cured by Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

      For 4,610 years (2600BC), Yellow Explorer's time. Until now acupuncturist continues this ancient TCM practice to eliminating all diseases (trying). All the main hospitals of China use this to treat most patients as busy as KFC fast food.

      Acupuncture treatment will has needling sensation effect for first few days. This called “DE Qi/Chi” (Arrival of Oxy’Blood---needling sensation). it must be achieved so that Yin & Yang(Negative and Positive energy) can be balanced and body’s immune system has strengthens, else diseases can’t be eliminated. The fundamental manipulating techniques are Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating. TCM Acupuncture therapeutic works and easily cures muscular pain if apply correctly.

      Beside sciatica(more trials needed), all others skeletal muscle pains are not recorded in TCM text therefore no “Acupoints(???)” can be provided to any acupuncturist as that they need to advancing the practice and pick the right AcuPoints.

      Be respectful, Acupuncture is not a device or voodoo magic, it does not release any things (certainly not endorphins, inflammation, etc, ..) or anti-inflammatory agents. Please do not mislead. It is a marvelous 4,610+ years old, micro surgical tool, etc, .

      “An acupuncture is bad science”. not much can be expected in 4,610 years ago, good science & resources only available from 1850AD such great scientists: Heinrich Hertz (1887) & Albert Einstein (1905).

      Since 2005 E² Acupuncture has added a new chapter of modem acupuncture science. which has scientific proven, formulated, verified and even dispelling the amount of excessive Yins/-Toxin can be calculated. Treatment uses single new save disposal and painless micro-needle insertion to proper “Acupoints(??)” and has no side effects, least risk mainly due to accident same as any treatments. No Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating manipulating needed so that patient cans comfortably having a cup of tea/coffee.

      Acupuncturist must fully understood the Five Elements(??), Five Changes(??) and Five Shu/Transports(??/?) Yin & Yang balance principles. if any one treated by 5 X 30 minutes in 2 weeks and has no relief by 4 weeks, please discontinues and shop around.

      I have my Plantar fasciitis cured twice by my own EE Acupuncture, last cured was on march/2011 since then pain remains free and no sign of coming back. (EE: Eliminates Excessive Yins/-Toxin/Electrons)

      check/click on my site below

      or more help below sites

      Sciatica update (loc: buttock & 5 inches down, 2 spots).

      treated on 30th/10/2011.

      12 days after and feedback:

      "Been feeling the slight tenderness in the area where the needle were inserted. Felt my legs is tired but not the numbness." (50% pain relief, 100% no numbness)

      5 weeks Later (email on 4th/11/2011):

      "Seems to be fine, slight tenderness but definitely better than before" (now 90% cure)

      why pain relief if it can be so easily cured.

      and the cost of curing it is so much less then a pair of PF shoes and not to mention others, .



    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Wow, thank you so much for the wonderful message Femmeflashpoint :) Drives me to write more. :)

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      7 years ago

      twentyfive - wish I'd gotten to your work earlier! You have some very interesting and useful information in the hubs of yours I've read so far.

      I'm impressed! :)

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      therapy marketing  

      7 years ago

      Great and interesting hub of you. Thanks for sharing.

      Most patients find acupuncture a pleasant and relaxing way to get treatment for their physical conditions and diseases. The effects of acupuncture are surprising even at first treatment. It offers fast relief from physical pain. Even doctors recommend acupuncture as a form of physical theraphy.

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hello Prasetio! Acupuncture does some amazing magic to unblock and unclog the broken flow of nerves linkage that's why it really works. If I couldn't take my dysmenorrhea anymore, I'd definitely try acupuncture treatment. It is already an alternative to medication and it's freaking cheap and painless :) Thanks for the votes my friend :)

      Thanks for sharing your views about acupuncture breakfastpop :)

      Acupuncture is worth trying :) Thanks for stopping over Katiem :)

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I want to give Acupuncture a go, I do feel it's a great alternative. Thanks for the facts on the list of illness it cures.

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      8 years ago

      I believe in acupuncture. It certainly is worth a try for anyone in pain.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information about acupuncture treatment. I always give big attention to alternative medication like acupuncture. You have great information and useful list of disease can be cured by acupuncture. I hope this can be an alternative for us beside hospital medication. Good work, my friend. Vote up.


    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I agree with you Prof. A. Now you call me Prof. Twentyfive haha Acupuncture is so amazing that it's very cheap and painless. Perfect to relieve pains and hypertension. Those acupuncture needles are interesting huh :) Thanks Prof. A.

      Dahoglund hello! If you're gonna have a massage in a wellness center, try acupuncture instead :)

      Hi Cathy! :) I'm glad you don't suffer back pains like your mom does. My mom has them too. I blame her sneaking through my journals for getting that LOL I kid. Acupuncture is really a wonderful medicine. I give kudos to the Chinese. Cheers! :) I've been on the "other side" before here. Thanks for your warm support. XXO TC

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      8 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      This is a great health hub on acupuncture, blaise. My mother has had a few bouts of this treatment for a few conditions she has had. Back aches and back troubles in general. It's a wonder we don't all have them but thankfully the siblings didn't seem to get them. It is good, and it's not as painful as some make out it to be. The needles are thin, and the only barely go in. I am loving the new hubs here these days. Off to check out the star gazing now on the "other side".


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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I remember when this technique was introduced in this country. I have never tried it but believe it can be useful.

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I get the feeling the procedure would be highly beneficial toward stress relief,or hyper-tension,thanks prof.twentyfive,Lol;)


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