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Old 06-26-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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Does anyone use Acupuncture to relieve anxiety?

I'm going to try Acupuncture and am not sure quite what I am getting into. As some of you know, I recently went off Effexor after a 6-7 month slow withdrawal period. Now I'm having anxiety and IBS-D again. I don't want to go back on meds, so am trying alternative remedies. Can anyone give me positive reassurance about acupuncture?
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Old 06-26-2006, 01:07 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, no, I cannot give you the positive reassurance that you have asked for. I can at least say I felt no ill effects from it...
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Old 06-26-2006, 07:47 PM   #3
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Old 06-26-2006, 11:47 PM   #4
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:01 PM   #5
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I went yesterday for my first acupuncture session yesterday. I was nervous, upset, crying at first when the acupuncturist was asking me questions. I felt like a bawling idiot. I felt weak for letting my emotions get the best of me again. But, he (the acupuncturist) was very comforting and understanding. He reassured me that I was in a safe place and that he "treats this all the time". I was somewhat calmer after the session, but then I got home and I felt like a "disappointment". I told my husband that I was trying acupuncture and I was expecting him to react with sarcasm and laughter, so I told him not to laugh, then I showed him the brochure. He said "well, if it works, great!" I was relieved at his reaction, so with my relief, I started crying and we had a little discussion where I was explaining to him how I felt like a disappointment because I'm not feeling well now that I'm off of Effexor. He didn't say much...just kept his eyes on the TV. So that made me even more upset. He wouldn't even give me a comforting hug or react when I'd try to cuddle with him in bed. I mentioned this to him and he (I felt) just kind of ignored me. I'm probably making something out of nothing. But, I'm just frustrated with his reaction. I told him that lately he doesn't show much affection towards me unless it is going to involve sex. He just rolled his eyes...which made things worse. I just feel like a big idiot...a disappointment.
I have another acupuncture session today.
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Old 06-27-2006, 03:12 PM   #6
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:44 PM   #7
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I know a number of peole who have reported success with acupuncture for various conditions.

An acupuncturist I know said sometimes you don't feel anything for a while, someties you may feel worse. I think it depends on the problem.

There is also a great range of talent and experience when I comes to this like any other practice. Shop around, look for results, get references.
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Old 06-27-2006, 11:56 PM   #8
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One thing that has worked wonders for my anxiety and IBS is massage therapy every 2 to 3 weeks.
Thought about acupuncture, but haven't got around to it yet.
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:31 PM   #9
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I make my second trip tomorrow for Auricular "EAR" Acupuncture. Put anxiety on my list and anything I could think of, because they told me first visit was $100 bucks if you put 1 or 20.
Does it work? Maybe, but I'm still drinking. Didn't think this would be a one shot wonder. For my anxiety Lorazepam 0.05 MG works wonders. But the small town Drs. are tight w/them.
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Old 07-13-2006, 06:47 AM   #10
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I have just read what you wrote about your husband's unfeeling reactions . When you next go to see the acupuncturist , steal one of the needles , and then poke it firmly into your husband's flesh when you get home ( somewhere like the inner thigh for example))
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:10 AM   #12
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Wink same boat

pleas let me know if acupuncture works , i been trying to find something to battle anxiety also
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:23 PM   #13
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I have never tried it for anxiety, but I can say it's worked wonders for me with regard to migraine and headaches. I'm just about due for another course actually. I find a series of treatments usually last me somewhere in the range of 5 to ten years in which I remain virtually free of head pain.

You should give it a go. It's not likely to do any damage, and it just might help.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:21 PM   #14
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If you do it at home, is it OK to use knitting needles?
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:45 AM   #15
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I had acupuncture a number of times in alcohol counselling. Hey, it was free and worth trying.

The first time I had it, it was outstanding.
I went from a situation of high anxiety (my first visit to alcohol counselling, in a grim building in Woolwich, surrounded by other addicts of various flavours) ro being so relaxed I fell asleep on the office chairs provided in the acupuncture room.

However it was a case of diminishing returns after that.
I was so aggravated by the sniffing and coughing of other people in the last session I attended (back in Aylesbury) that when I left I was in a white hot state of fury and swore never to subject myself to other people's intimate noises for 40 minutes ever again.

If I was offered it free of charge in a tranquil environment - ideally lying down and in silence - then I'd take it up like a shot. I don't think it "took" enough with me to want to pay for it. And if it's free you don't get to dictate terms.
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