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By Acupuncturist Dr. Jeannette “Jett” Kerns, AP, DOM, L.Ac., St. Cloud, FL owner of East Lake Acupuncture

I am often asked how I choose a topic for my weekly column. Most often I write to answer frequently asked questions from my patients. This week I thought I’d share some of the content from the Q&A section of my website.

Can acupuncture help treat an excessive sweating problem?

The answer to this is yes. However, it’s a complicated condition to address and usually it’s treated with a combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Finding a good acupuncturist with experience in herbs is key because it involves finding the underlying imbalance in the body that is causing the problem, and then working on fixing the root cause.

Is acupuncture helpful in treating anemia?

There have been reports of it helping the body with absorption and regulation of hemoglobin levels; however, in my practice I also look try to identify and treat the root cause, such as the body not adsorbing nutrients well, gut health, etc.  In my experience it’s unlikely that acupuncture alone would be enough. I generally incorporate a combination of herbs, food therapy, nutritional supplements, lab work and in some cases referral to another provider for co-management of the patient. In this instance acupuncture alone may not be the best choice and probably not cost-effective. I’d recommend the above combination of therapies, which has been quite successful in managing anemia in my patients.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Possibly. Each year more insurance plans cover acupuncture. Many individuals are pleasantly surprised when they find out they have coverage. When calling your insurance to find out, you’ll need to have the correct diagnosis and procedure codes available when calling your insurance company. At East Lake Acupuncture we make the verification process easy by verifying your benefits for you. Call us today if you would like to find out what benefits your plan has to offer.

I have arthritis, and I’m considering acupuncture. Will it help? I’ve seen mixed reviews.

Studies show that acupuncture is very effective in treating pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. You may have seen mixed reviews because treatment outcomes depend on a variety of factors including type of arthritis, activity level, patient compliance to with the treatment plan, experience of the acupuncturist, diet, overall health, etc. However, in general, it is effective.

Can acupuncture help with ulcer pain?

Digestive issues…my specialty! The answer is, yes, it can. However, in your case, instead of managing pain in flare-up episodes, I’d want to address the root cause (underlying condition causing the pain). To resolve the problem, it’s important to find the cause and work to restore gut health. This is my favorite type of condition to treat. Depending on the cause, acupuncture alone can be enough, but I prefer to combine acupuncture with lab work, herbal and nutritional supplements such as probiotics and digestive enzymes combined with dietary changes.