acupuncture and Chinese medicine

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   Posted 10/29/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My son has recently seen a doctor who specializes in integrative medicine.  He was recommended by our GI and works in the same building.  He gave us the name of someone who specializes in acupunture and Chinese medicine   Does anyone have any feedback on your experiences with acupuncture and Chinese medicine?   From what I'm reading online, it's supposed to be very beneficial.  I think many insurance companies cover acupuncture as well.  I still need to look into that part.
Any info would be appreciated.

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   Posted 10/29/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have wanted to try chinese medicine. I wonder how much they would know about Crohn's though since the disease is more of a white/western disease. Please let us know how you make out. Guy
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   Posted 10/29/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Cant say how it works for crohns but I did get 1 acupuncture demo when I had a bad pain in the neck on a cruise. One needle in the back of my neck and in about 5 minutes I felt a very warm feeling all over, by that evening the pain was gone. Sadly there is no one near me that practises these treatments or I would look like a porcupine.
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   Posted 10/30/2009 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
My one experience with acupuncture was for a leg injury, and it did help. The acupuncturist also told me that the treatment doesn't heal the injury any faster, just makes it less painful. I assume that this would be true for any intestinal scarring due to Crohn's.

But as for Chinese medicine, I did a major post on this here:

I made that post in February of this year, and now eight months later I am still taking lingzhi and feel like my Crohn's has been completely cured. I take no other medications. Sadly, it doesn't seem that anybody else followed up on my suggestions to try lingzhi, so I don't plug the idea anymore. However, I am even more convinced than ever that this works.

As I type this, I am drinking a glass of Coca-Cola. Last year, a glass of Coke would send me to the toilet with severe diarrhea, and possibly to the emergency room.

best regards,
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

Post Edited (ozonehole) : 10/30/2009 1:25:47 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/30/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I have used acupuncture for quite some time for joint pain (CD related) and headaches. My acupuncturist also treated me for CD pain and my CD in general, these were not as successful. It can be costly, and most insurances will not cover the whole amount if they cover it at all. I am lucky that I go to a Community Clinic and they charge on a sliding scale. The more you go, the less you pay. So to go once a week, I pay $15 - $20, just slightly more than what my co-pay would be. They would rather see patients on a regular basis and keep things under control, than charge more and have things going all wonky. You can search on the web for a community acupuncture clinic near you, they are getting more popular and showing up in more areas.

As far as the Chinese Medicine, I have tried that as well. My acupuncturist has blended several different blends for me based on my illness and what herbs he feels I need. They were FOUL and hard to get down. Not in a pill form, so you had to dissolve them in water then drink twice a day. Despite the taste, I followed the regimen, but saw no improvement after a month with each blend, so I stopped. With CD I have to take enough nasty things that I'm not going to pay to take extra nasty stuff that isn't working or at least showing me some signs that it might work. Another one of those things that might work for some, but not for all.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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