In the last five years or so since I have been involved with Chinese Medicine I have met all sorts of people; those who hate needles, those who don’t believe in holistic medicine yet they come as a last resort, those who wouldn’t dream of taking anything other than herbal medicines, those who think what we do is satantic etc etc… And the majority of people I have been involved with are satisfied with the care received, but often unsure of the duration of treatment required and how long cover for their private health insurance will last.
In general the longer the problem has persisted the more treatments are required, and for acute or new conditions, a shorter time frame can be expected; however it is difficult to define the treatment without a detailed analysis of individual circumstances such as age, compliance, constitution etc.
There are three stages of ‘disease’ – Active, Corrective and Recovery. Often patients will seek treatment and find that their condition is mostly resolved after 2-3 visits and then discontinue care. However it is pertinent to continue treatment just a little bit longer to see a resolution of symptoms through the corrective period; as a consequence of stopping care too soon will often see the same problem reoccur. if it took 3-4 treatment to resolve the active phase of the condition, it would be smart to add another 2-3 treatments just to ensue that when rehabilita is complete the condition doesn’t relapse. A comprehensive treatment plan would also incorporate follow-up treatments every 6 weeks or so, or around the time that seasonal changes are expected to boost immunity and proactively prevent relapse during times when our defences are lower.
For other conditions such as Fertility, the treatment plan may vary from weekly visits for the first few months in preparation for conception, monthly coinciding with ovulation, or even twice in one day for patients who are undergoing IVF implantation.
Progress can generally be expected faster when acupuncture or shiatsu is combined with herbal therapy, lifestyle and dietary changes. We are eager to get you healthy again as soon as possible, we will never encourage you to rely on our care for your health, we prescribe suitable treatment plans and empower the patient with information and knowledge to complete treatment as efficiently as possible.
Your practitioner should be able to give you a guide to your treatment plan within your first few treatments so that you know exactly what to expect and the level of commitment required.
Eastential Chinese Medicine, David Yao Chi Guan, Four Seasons Wellness Centre, Shinma Acupuncture, Acuuncture Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford Medical & Acupuncture Centre