MORE ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
DURATION AND RESPONSE TO TREATMENT
Acupuncture is not a one session treatment
The average patient with a chronic disease of several years’ duration requires about ten to twelve treatments to achieve the greatest relief possible.
Mild diseases need fewer treatments, the really severe ones and more Chronic diseases may need spaced maintenance acupuncture at six to eight week intervals after a set course of treatment.
Three quarters of patients who are successfully treated notice a response with the first treatment, usually within seconds or minutes. Others will only notice this initial response after several hours or days.
The initial response is often heralded, by either an increase of general energy and awareness, or by a feeling of pleasant drowsy relaxation. Thereafter the patients may observe that some of his symptoms have disappeared – but this may not last. It will wear off after some hours or days and the treatment will have to be repeated. With each further treatment the improvement will be more pronounced and will last longer..
A few patients experience a reaction after treatment and feel temporarily worse. This is more likely to happen after the first treatment than with subsequent ones. The reaction may manifest itself as an aggravation of the patient’s usual symptoms, or sometimes as merely fatigue. This tends to pass in a few hours or a day or two..
THE SCOPE OF ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine with a range of application almost as wide as that of Western Medicine. A doctor who combines Western medicine with acupuncture can therefore select the most appropriate treatment in any particular case.
Children usually respond quickly and with the use of laser the fear of needles is eliminated.
SOME OF THE MORE COMMON CONDITIONS WHICH CAN BE TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE
Neuralgia, tension headaches, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, tics, and spasms.
LIMBS AND MUSCULATURE
Fibrositis, muscular pain Fibromyalgia, sciatica, back pain, cramps, neuralgia of shoulders and arms, tennis elbow, rheumatoid or osteo-arthritis, frozen shoulder, gout, repetitive strain injury (R.S.I)
Hyperacidity, gastritis, dyspepsia, indigestin, abdominal distension, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, various types of colic, peri-anal pain or itch, nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Infantile colic and reflux.
Mild asthma,allergic bronchitis, hay-fever, sinusitis, rhinitis, catarrh.
Bladder irritation and spasms, bed-wetting, lack of bladder control.
Pelvic pain, painful periods, heavy periods, vaginal pain, symptoms of PMS itching, menopausal problems, hot flushes, ovarian pain, impotence.
Pain around or behind the eyes where no obvious cause can be found, dry eyes, excessive tears production.
Itching, eczema, urticaria, herpes, neurodermatitis, and psoriasis.
NERVOUS SYSTEM AND PSYCHIATRIC FACTORS
Nervousness, anxiety, fears, obsessions, agitation, insomnia, neuralgia after shingles.
Can help patients to stop smoking without withdrawal symptoms.
POST VIRAL FATIGUE & CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Most patients with either of these two problems tend to respond extremely well.
Most sporting injuries respond to acupuncture. In fact the response can in most cases be far quicker than from other forms of therapy.
Examples where acupuncture can help are: joint sprains and muscle strains, torn muscles, tendonitis and shin splints.
General fatigue, lassitude, excessive perspiration, travel sickness, post-operative weakness, weakness after illness. Immune boosting
Most patients who have been treated by acupuncture notice a considerable improvement in their general health.