Anyone try accupuncture or alternative healing?

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   Posted 4/11/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Just curious, since I am running out of options.  I wanted to see if anyone has tried accupuncture to attempt to help the symptoms of UC.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
No. Not really. I have tried all other things, including accupressure, but not accupuncture. I have tried Chinese, Arabic, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Allopathic, naturopathy, and all available options.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it once many years ago when I have severe foot pains. It did not help my foot pains neither was there any improvements in my UC

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   Posted 4/11/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I go to acupuncture regularly. I love it. I don't notice a HUGE change in the UC from it, however, it helps IMMENSELY with my stress level, which is a big ole trigger for me with the UC. My acupuncturist has a daughter with UC and she is very sensitive to the issues of the disease.

I actually haven't been in a couple of weeks, and now I am noticing that my stress is skyrocketing, and I am having a lot more bloating and discomfort. I am also having a lot more joint pain again. I will be going to see her this week for sure.

It is not a cure all, but can definitely be a valuable tool, and it certainly can't hurt to try!!!
33 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages 3.5 and 2.5
Diagnosed in 2007
Currently on:
Asacol 6pills/day
Biweekly injections for Humira clinical trial-going well so far!!
Canasa suppositories-1000mg nightly for recent flare

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   Posted 4/11/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
good to know before I spent the money and tried it....thanks everyone :)

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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
We tried 5-6 treatments, and do not know if it helped. Sorry. When she was hurting she still hurt, and when things were going better they stayed better. Too many drugs to tell...seems worth a try just for the relaxation angle of it. Doctor FORBADE me to give her the herbs they suggested--as she is immune compromised, and the doc was pissy that I would even suggest a strange bark-root,moist heat relief that was made in China under non FDA conditions. Though the medicines may have the origins for the very things that would help us, I couldn't get over the facts that our FDA is far more careful than most anyone elses'. So, have a needle stick or two, relax and enjoy the new energy flow...but save the herbs/drugs for now till a study is done and the controls are in place. My two cents.
Daughter,15 diagnosed 1-08 w/ UC .
Previous drug sampling: Asacol, Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednisone- 50mg to 0, 4 major flares '08.Hospital four x. Low residue diet,
6MP, Colazal , Cortifoam enemas,
Trying probiotics, Niferex, fish oil, Magnesium, Acupuncture.
Remicade 10mg per kilo@ 8wks, since 10-08. Still on 6mp and Colazal

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   Posted 4/11/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I started acupuncture in November and although the results are slower than with traditional medication, I truly believe that I am seeing results. My acupuncturist allows me to visit her community room, which has several beds in it, for a reduced cost. You might want to look in to an acupuncturist who offers this option.

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