acupuncture experiences?

  Mary_S 19:33 26 Jun 2011

Hi guys,

I've been looking into it recently and have decided to give it a go. I suffer from IBS, general anxiety, body aches and so on and am willing to try it to see if it helps improve things.

Has anyone here given it a go? How was it?

Also, anyone know of a good place to recieve the treatment?

I'll be looking to go somwhere in east or central london?

  wiz-king 20:30 26 Jun 2011

Not acupunture but you might like to enquire at Ainsworths Kate Mead specialises in IBS.

  chub_tor 20:52 26 Jun 2011

Two neighbours, one either side, have nothing but good things to say about acupuncture. One with Multiple Sclerosis believes that it is the only thing that stops her from spending all day in bed, the other has monthly acupuncture for a jaw that was broken some years ago when she was hit by a golf ball. She swears that it gives her great relief from the pain. No personal experience or knowledge of practioners in east or central London

  ams4127 21:47 26 Jun 2011

Suffering from Sciatica, Acupuncture is something I've been seriously considering for some time, but have been put off by the (probably stupid) fear of having needles stuck into various parts of my anatomy.

So I shall await with great interest the replies to this thread.

Thanks for starting it Mary_S.

  woodchip 22:33 26 Jun 2011

I have always been of this mind that pain is there for a purpose, that's to stop you making thing woes by doing things you body says you should not be doing. If you broke a leg do you think it would do it any good sticking a plaster on it and taking some aspirin, relief yes but at what expense and I do not mean financial

  Forum Editor 00:01 27 Jun 2011

I'm interested to know how you get on. I know next to nothing about acupuncture, although like many people I have heard some very good reports of the relief obtained.

I would endorse fourm member's cautionary remark about mumbo-jumbo however. Try it for the physical effect, and avoid being drawn into the complexities of Qi ('Chee').

  Kevscar1 01:16 27 Jun 2011

I had it Jan 19th 2010, 1 needle had to be pulled straight away due to the intense pain it caused. Still have the marks from 2 others showing now

  daz60 08:21 27 Jun 2011

I actually believe that acupuncture is not suitable for everyone.I had back problems,including sciatica, for over 20 years and about 5 years ago the pain was so bad i tried acupuncture.The practitioner rubbed a gel over my back and upper legs then inserted pins into strategic places he then placed some rubber suction cups over me,this i believe to generate blood flow,and left the room for 20 minutes only calling in to assess my status.After 30 minutes the session would end,cost £30. The sensation as the heat penetrates is very pleasant and initially gives a feeling of being able to move freely,but you have to continue long term treatment for any affect to be measurable.Previously i had tried osteopathy which did work for approx 4 years until a sudden movement put me back to square one.Ultimately an operation last year on what turned out to be a long term disc problem has so far been the best solution.

  JanetO 09:13 27 Jun 2011

I had five sessions 20 years ago. I used to get extreme hayfever every summer; steaming eyes, nose, intensive itching eyes, the whole works. It cured it, as simple as that.

I would advise going to a Chinese practisioner though as they seem to be much better than Westerners at this type of complimentary therapy.

  recap 09:59 27 Jun 2011

I suffer from frybromialgia, when I was diagnosed the specialist sent me for pyhsio which helped but, was painful at times. My own GP had a physiotherapist in the practice that did acupuncture. She was marvelous, there was no pain, after about 8 sessions she informed me of what she would do next, GULP. The therapist placed the needles in different spots than previously to numb my arm and shoulder. She then opened my shoulder joint and manipulated the grissle that had accumulated there. I tell you this was far better than having a 6 inch needle in the shoulder. I have suffered a serious bout of fybromialgia since but it took around 6 years after the acupuncture sessions.

I would recommend acupuncture it can be far less painfull that conventional treatment.

  SimpleSimon1 10:11 27 Jun 2011


Just as another option, you might like to know that hypnotherapy can also produce good results in the treatment of IBS and associated symptoms. Moreover, most practitioners can normally provide patients with mental 'tools' which can aid in the self-treatment of symptoms

As per fourm members comment re acupuncture, I would suggest that, if you want to go down this route, you seek a practitioner who has qualified from/belongs to one of the major professional bodies e.g. British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Also, bear in mind that a course of treatment should normally be of a defined length, not open-ended.

Good luck

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