Anyone ever try Acupuncture?

  1. I am thinking about getting acupuncture treatments for my cough that I have had for about 2 years.

    I have tried most Western medicines and tests.

    Like getting x-rays, TB tested, cough medicine, alergy medicine, etc.

    Just wondering if anyone else tried acupuncture for anything, not just cough.

    Please let me know how it went and what they did.
    Did the needles hurt?
    How long was the treatment?
    How much did it cost?

    Do you think its worth it for me to try or it some hocus pocus voodoo magic?
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   dramaluvr
    I went to an accupuncturist two summers ago for headaches. During the time I continued to go my symptoms went away, but as soon as I stopped the treatments (couldn't afford them and insurance didn't cover) all my symptoms came back. I didn't think it was a joke. They have herbal medicines and things that go along with the treatments. During the time I was there I had a cold and she treated me with accupuncture, as well as herbs called nasal tabs. My symptoms went right away.
  4. by   adrienurse
    I've tried it. It was unpleasant. It turned out to not be the best treatment for what was going on with me (which was related to neuropathy -- although I didn't know this at the time) -- and further irritating the nerve pathways made things worse. If you have investigated the possible medical causes of your cough and it's used purely as an adjuvant therapy try it, it may help.
  5. by   teeituptom
    Ive tried it
    has worked well on my chronic back pain

    Of course I also wear a copper bracelet
    and magnets also
    so maybe its just me
  6. by   Nurse Jeni
    I worked for a naturopathic dr and L.Ac. and I've seen some amazing recoveries/pain management through it. It took me a few months to get the courage up to try it myself, but one day at work with a migraine/head cold I finally agreed to it. It worked wonders and wasn't painful. My husband also had it for mild (but irritating) chronic back pain, and he thought it was very beneficial.

    The needles didn't hurt (didn't even feel them going in/out). From what I saw, appts were around 30 minutes, and was even covered by Medi-Cal and some insurances in California.

    We had Allergy pts to MS pts, and although it brought some form of relief to most, there were a some cases that had little or no results. So, who knows? IMO, I think it is worth a try...
  7. by   MJ-12
    Thanks everyone for the feedback.

    I think i'll go ahead and give it a try.
    I'll let you all know on how it all goes

    Thanks again,
  8. by   kitty29
    A gal I work with tried this for back pain...they put 4 pins in different spots on the ear and taped over so not to disturb them. She said it hurt and the back pain wasn't any better by one week....I haven't heard how things were when she went in after that week.
  9. by   fotografe
    i had bronchitis from october to february one year when I was pregnant. My doctor was the one to suggest the acupuncture, since there was no other treatment she could try for me that wouldn't hurt the baby.

    The first treatment I left thinking, ok, that was interesting. The needles were in about 20 minutes, and after the doctor did some weird massage thing on my upper spine with a chinese soup spoon! (I was later told by a chinese friend that this is a typical traditional treatment) When I was starting to drive away, I started coughing like crazy. Productive coughing. It went on for 3 hours, and it was like coughing up pure evil. Whatever was in my lungs was really being sent on its way. I went back 2 more times, 2 days apart. Each time I would cough about 15 minutes after leaving -- these 2nd 2 treatments were much less dramatic than the first. My lungs were clear a week later.

    I am a true believer. Give it a try! (BTW, the acupunturist told me she would not treat me for cough/bronchitis unless infection was ruled out by my doc.)

    I went to an acupuncturist just outside boston. Each treatment was about $80. I got a 15% discount on that from Blue Cross.
  10. by   elkpark
    I haven't tried it myself, but my sister went to an accupuncturist for help with quitting smoking (she had tried everything else without success). She quit smoking with the accupuncture and has never started back (that was many years ago). She is generally terrified of needles , but said that it wasn't bad at all.

    Of course, her husband (at the time) went with her for the same treatment, and went back to smoking v. quickly ...
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    I hurt my back several years ago and was in great pain. for 2 weeks I tried pain killers, heat packs, massages etc. I finally went to an accupuncture school and they charged me $15. They stripped me down, gave me a massage, stuck me full of needles and left me on the table for about an hour.
    When I left I felt a little better.
    when I woke up the next day I was cured! I could have done sit-ups when the day before I could barely sit down in a chair. It worked for me.