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Acupuncture - good, or snake oil?

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LindyHemming Sun 01-Feb-15 17:05:54

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WowOoo Sun 01-Feb-15 17:21:01

I have and at the time I thought I'd been fleeced. I wasn't 100% convinced that there was a major improvement.
Saying that - I did feel much better and had the best nights' sleep I'd had for ages. So I went again and -whether it was placebo effect I have no idea - I started to really feel better.

It was for tension in the neck/shoulders and general stress/anxiety. I was told I had a lot of tension and knots in my neck.

I'd go again if I had the spare cash. Actually, I'd go for a proper massage. Depends what you want it for I suppose.

LindyHemming Sun 01-Feb-15 17:21:59

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LidlMermaid Sun 01-Feb-15 17:31:40

It certainly works for my dogs' arthritis and other joint problems. no placebo effect with dogs either. You either see an improvement or you don't.

hiddenhome Sun 01-Feb-15 17:49:56

When I went she told me to lie down on the couch. She told me to describe how I was feeling, and then proceeded to insert some needles into my scalp. I immediately felt very heavy and relaxed, then she inserted two more and I felt even better and started giggling. I just couldn't help it. She hadn't warned me that this would happen and I didn't expect to feel like that at all, so it definitely did something.

callamia Sun 01-Feb-15 17:53:57

I don't care, it made me feel amazing. I was nearly 42 weeks pregnant and thoroughly fed up, tired and miserable. I felt like a cloud afterwards, and went into labour the next day. I don't really attribute the labour onset to it (the sweep more like), but it did make me feel a whole lot nicer.

ChuckNovice Sun 01-Feb-15 17:56:22

They offer it for pregnant women at my local hospital on the NHS so must be something worthwhile in it.

QueenofWhatever Sun 01-Feb-15 17:57:57

I get it on the NHS for pain management. It definitely works for me, and also features in some NICE guidelines. So yes, definitely more than snake oil.

SirVixofVixHall Sun 01-Feb-15 17:59:01

It isn't snake oil! Has well documented effects. I have had strong reactions to accupunture and as a pp said, my old dog had it (given by our vet) and it had a great effect on him, so worth trying I think.

janesaysl Sun 01-Feb-15 18:09:09

Haven't tried it. I did try homeopathy for eczema some years ago, now that is snake oil! Useless

PeaStalks Sun 01-Feb-15 18:11:01

I tried it when pregnant for hyperemesis on the grounds that it would do no harm.
I came to the conclusion that you probably have to believe in it for it to work.

WowOoo Mon 02-Feb-15 10:25:15

I can't remember how much it cost,sorry.

It might help with insomnia as would an aromatherapy or shiatsu massage. Well, you'd hopefully feel a lot more relaxed. Not sure about the sweats.

Give it a try and let us know if it works.

CMOTDibbler Mon 02-Feb-15 11:21:22

Its worked amazingly well for me for pain control and tendonitis, when everything else had failed. I am so not woo at all, but it works.

I pay £30 an hour with a private physio who does the acupuncture as part of the treatments.

meglet Mon 02-Feb-15 11:28:24

I've had it twice, 10 yrs apart for different reasons. Both times I found it unbearably painful though confused , and I can cope with waxing, giving blood and tattoos. very odd.

It seemed to start my labour with ds. I was 37 weeks and trying to avoid induction for leaking waters. had the apt at 5pm and labour was under way by 9pm.

goshhhhhh Mon 02-Feb-15 11:31:02

My dh has had it for plantar fasciitis. The GP did it so he thinks it works

dogrilla Mon 02-Feb-15 11:34:02

I had it after problems conceiving. After first session I had the worst period-type pains I'd ever had, which must have been my ovaries cranking into action, because I then got pregnant immediately. I hadn't expected to have such a physical reaction to it.

sashh Mon 02-Feb-15 18:48:49

My GP does it, I've had it a couple of times when my arthritis flares up. I'd find out about the local NHS options before paying.

TheTravellingLemon Mon 02-Feb-15 18:55:35

My mum had it on the NHS. It was really fantastic. Genuinely helped painful arthritis.

HoneyIsBeePoo Mon 02-Feb-15 18:59:33

I went for night sweats!

I went for about 8 sessions 5 years ago, then another 8 sessions just before Christmas as symptoms had crept back.

It was £45 a session but I would have paid double, I find it so useful.

DishwasherDogs Mon 02-Feb-15 19:04:45

Acupuncture got me out of a stress induced asthma rut.
I had a course when I was twelve and had spent the previous 5 years off and on steroids. After acupuncture it was then 15 years before I needed steroids again.
Another course sorted out another rut, when I was constantly struggling to breathe, had no energy and looked grey. After the first session I felt like my cheeks were burning, and everyone started commenting how I was looking much healthier.
Definitely not snake oil.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 02-Feb-15 19:08:19

I've had it done and it did absolutely nothing for me (I wasn't expecting it to). And the acupuncturist diagnosed me with stuff that was a load of bollocks - kind of trying to do a cold reading.

And I wasn't allowed to give blood for years afterwards which was a PITA I hadn't considered.

goodasitgets Mon 02-Feb-15 21:38:43

Helped a ligament injury I had. When the needles were taken out my knee went painful again! Almost begged her to leave them in

LindyHemming Tue 03-Feb-15 07:07:23

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pinkfrocks Tue 03-Feb-15 09:44:59

I think it's like lots of things- practitioners differ and you need to find a good 'un!

WowOoo Tue 03-Feb-15 10:07:33

Try it, but go to GP also. You poor thing.

I too have cried in the middle of the night from not being able to sleep.It's a horrible feeling. flowers (lovely crocuses...spring is around the corner and all that)

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