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Acupuncture...who has tried it??

Discussion in 'Health' started by rollin904, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    I went for a consultation today with an acupuncturist to discuss herbal remedies along with acupuncture therapy. I'm a little skeptical, especially after finding out how much it would cost. Has anyone tried it and had success? I'm hoping to help my ulcerative colitis go into remission, as well as relieve some stress.
     
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    Properly prescribed herb remedies in concert with periodic acupuncture can be very effective for treating an inflammation in the digestive tract. That said, altering your diet to eliminate irritatants and learning to manage your stresses is imperative.
     
  3. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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    When I had Bell's Palsy I went to acupuncture. I believed it helped stimulate the nerves in my face.
     
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    I've done it. It's cool, not earth shattering.


    The first time was the best ever, I could feel my blood RUSHING through my veins due to the increase in circulation.

    I did it for a while, paid by my car insurance. Looking to do it every 3-4 months.


    If you have stomach distress, have you tried eating HIGH QUALITY full fat yogurt, as sold at your local food store? I used to have a HORRIBLE acid reflux/ gas problem. By eating two cups a day of unflavored yogurt, adding raw honey and fresh fruit to it, and it just went away!


    Good luck!
     
  5. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM
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    I've been on the SCD (Specific Carb Diet) since October, doing just that. I've seen nothing but improvements while eating according to the diet, but I've had another flare and I can't seem to overcome it. I've tried to cut out almost all fructose intake, so now I basically just eat meat, carrots, and squash. I chose those vegetables because I can puree them or steam the heck out of them to make it easier to digest. I plan to make the switch to all organic and grass-fed next week, should definitely help but it's going to kill my wallet.
     
  6. Feb 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    I'm dairy-free (for now) until my symptoms go away, then I plan to introduce it back to my diet. I have a yogurt maker so for a while I was doing the exact thing you were. Do you think the probiotics in the yogurt are what helped you?
     
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    Look at it this way: Acupuncture is a therapy which may help expidite healing in the intestines if used adjunctively to other things. There is plenty of research that demonstrates acupuncture can relieve inflammation. However, anyone who understands the practice of Chinese Medicine will tell you that herbs need be used to properly treat the intestines. If stress is a large trigger for your UC, the acupuncture will work very well on this part of the problem.

    Ultimately the essense of treating any problem naturally is to understand and treat the entire problem. The stress, the inflammation, the irritants(whether they be foods or environmental) , your constitution etc. all need to be considered. This is what is nowadays refered to as wholistic thinking.
     
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    Yes they did. Remember something, even if lactose intolerant, FERMENTED products will help you, SPECIALLY Yogurt or Kiefer. Since you mentioned probiotics, don't forget high quality sauerkraut. Making it at home is the way to go, good for ya!


    I also consume Virgin Coconut oil, for it's anti-bacterial properties. Stay away from heavely processed foods, even if they say "organic" or "all natural".
     
  9. Feb 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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    The doctor has herbs that she blends for the patient, should I decide to have her do that. It's just the price that's hard to swallow, $80 a session plus the cost of herbs. I'll suck it up and try it though if it fixes my issues, or at least helps.

    I've been meaning to try sauerkraut! I use coconut oil a lot too, I've also recently started using Ghee as an alternative to butter.
     
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    Then you know that Coconut oil hardens below 75 degrees. Every know and then I'll pour some over my yogurt.

    Ghee is AWESOME, use it also as cooking oil (pan fry). I have a co-worker that makes his own ghee, he's gonna teach me how to do it.

    How often are you eating that yogurt, and what are you using for base? Remember, when you remove the fat, you remove also remove what makes the probiatic strong, as in effective.
     
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    I no longer use the yogurt...I've been in contact with the guys who run a pretty good blog, scdlifestyle.com. The four potential problems for most people are eggs, honey, nuts, and dairy. So I've started on a probiotic from giprohealth.com until I want to use dairy again. The way my yogurt is made (heated for 24-36 hours) removes most of the lactose from it.
     
  12. Feb 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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    It's all trial and error right now, but I know when I cut those four out something happened and I felt much better. There are different stages of bacteria die-off and they occur when you begin the diet, 3 months into the diet, and then again at 6 months. I was doing fantastic until I hit my 3 months and I haven't been able to recover since then.
     
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