ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
CANCER
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
CAREGIVING
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
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Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture

Once you've accomplished that, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers this explanation of what to expect during your treatment.

* At your initial visit, the acupuncturist should ask you about your health history, medications you are taking, and your lifestyle.
* The metal needles used are extremely thin -- approximately the thickness of a human hair.
* Most people feel very little or no pain as the needles are inserted into the skin.
* The way you feel after the experience may vary. Some people have more energy, while others feel more relaxed.
* Treatments may last several weeks or longer.



-- Diana Kohnle

Last Updated: Dec. 16, 2008

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