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Author Topic: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?  (Read 1044 times)

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Offline jm1953

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Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:09:03 PM »
Wondered if anyone is having acupuncture and if they are finding it useful.  One of my doctors, not and Eastern one but a Western one, suggested it for pain, itching, skin issues and such.

Please let me know!

Thanks

JM
Positive 25 years. 7/21/2012 Current CD 4: 780 Viral load: less than 50. 38 to 40%
Current drug regimen, Isentress, , Emtriva, Sustiva Wellbutrin, Klonipin, Allegra, Ambien, Testosterone, Nandrolone, Vicodin, Benedryl, Aspirin, lots of vitamin supplements.

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 10:12:30 PM »
I suffer from migraine headaches a great deal and have been having chronic back pain for a few years now.

Acupuncture has been a blessing for me and one of the best way to relieve pain.

Best of luck with it.

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 10:13:30 PM »
I've never had acupuncture does it cause you to bleed at all?

Offline Alain

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 10:16:15 PM »
I've never had acupuncture does it cause you to bleed at all?

Sometimes, very little and depending where the needles are inserted.

But its really a none issue.

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 10:17:31 PM »
Sometimes, very little and depending where the needles are inserted.

But its really a none issue.

I get a little anxious when I'm bleeding around anyone.  I know better, but it's just one of those things.

Offline GNYC09

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010, 10:21:58 PM »
I get a little anxious when I'm bleeding around anyone.  I know better, but it's just one of those things.

me too.  I was bitten by a pet a few days ago (it hurt! and I bled a little) and I couldn't help but think, "holy crap, there's hiv going into this animal's mouth!"

ok, about acupuncture: I've rarely bled, sometimes the needle hurt (especially in foot) but it did help me with energy and other issues I had.  I hear it is also good for pain.

Offline Alain

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 10:26:53 PM »
me too.  I was bitten by a pet a few days ago (it hurt! and I bled a little) and I couldn't help but think, "holy crap, there's hiv going into this animal's mouth!"

ok, about acupuncture: I've rarely bled, sometimes the needle hurt (especially in foot) but it did help me with energy and other issues I had.  I hear it is also good for pain.

the one in the wrist I find worst.

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 10:43:58 PM »
I have used acupuncture, mostly post-dx, for pain, stress and am of the belief that it helps. I trust the practitioner and I definitely use it from an energy (chi) perspective as well. I've never experienced bleeding. There are, on occasion, certain minor amounts of pain---if it's uncomfortable, I mention it to her, she adjusts the needle and voila, resolved.

Offline komnaes

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Re: Acupuncture as complimentary treatment?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 12:56:51 PM »
I am not sure I would call it "treatment", as to whether it helps to treat HIV.

As most folks here pointed out already most of us use it for pain and stress relief, which acupuncture seems to have a real effect. For that I want to add sleep problem too in my case. I almost always can enjoy a whole week of good sleep after a session; and I have been seeing one regularly for years now, even before my diagnosis.

Of course if you believe in Chinese medicine, acupuncture can help to adjust your "chi" to boost your immune system. It's a more abstract theory that Western science has major issue with, but I suppose as long as it has real effects on stress etc the alleged benefit of improving my "chi" is really beside the point.

One thing though it is good to always make sure your acupuncturist uses disposable needles. Most needles come in sealed plastic bag and they should not be reused, even after complete sanitization.

Hope it helps, Shaun
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

 


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