ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


acupuncture courtesy of photobucket
acupuncture courtesy of photobucket

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

Infertility

Migraines and headaches

Common colds

Asthma

Addiction to nicotine (quit smoking)

Addiction to alcohol

Addiction to drugs

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Sinusitis

Arthritis

Nausea

Muscle pains

Dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps

Meniere's disease

Sciatica

fibromyalgia

trigeminal neuralgia

tennis elbow

cosmetic acupuncture or facelift

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      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

      https://sites.google.com/site/jameschongpainfree/

      or more help below sites

      http://talk.plantar-fasciitis.org/profile/JamesCho...

      http://groups.google.com/group/plantar-fasciitis-A...

      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, .

      cheers

      James

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR

      twentyfive 

      7 years ago

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

    • profile image

      femmeflashpoint 

      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! :)

    • profile image

      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

      twentyfive 

      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

      katiem2 

      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.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

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

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      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.

      Prasetio

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR

      twentyfive 

      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

    • Astra Nomik profile image

      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".

      XOX

    • dahoglund profile image

      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.

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      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;)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)