A typical treatment session

The prime advantage of acupuncture is its safety. "In the hands of competent physicians, acupuncture is a method free from discomfort of side effects," (World Health Organization) states. There is almost no pain, discomfort or bleeding; and infection is easily prevented by strict sterilization and the use of disposable needles. There are often reports, however, of positive side effects. Many patients being treated for immune disorders, for example, discover their allergy symptoms improve.

What to expect from treatment

Most patients find the treatment brings on a feeling of well-being and relaxation. The beneficial reaction usually starts during the first four or five visits, although initially there may be a slight feeling of heaviness around the needles. Of course, just like any other medical treatment, a cure cannot be guaranteed. However, there is no harmful effect from the therapy in common practice. Therefore, people who suffer from lingering or chronic diseases and do not respond well to Western therapies are particularly encouraged to try this promising ancient art and science of healing.

How many treatments will I need?

Each person is unique, therefore, the treatment plan is individualized. It depends on the type of illness, the severity of the condition, the duration of the sickness, and the physical state of the patient at time of treatment.

A course of treatment usually averages about 10 sessions, more or less. To get the best therapeutic result, acute cases will be treated very aggressively with frequent visits initially and then space the treatments farther apart as the condition improves. Of course, everyone responds differently, so we must adjust to each individual. In case of a slow response to the therapy, the patient should still try to complete the entire course, because some cases require more effort to restore energy balance.

Chinese focuses on the restoration of overall health rather treatment of a symptom. So, it is not a "quick fix" and there are no magic "pills" that can cure diseases in unreasonable amounts of time and consumers should be wary of such claims.

However, Chinese medicine has long employed herbs very effectively in conjunction with acupuncture and other treatments. Because the practice of Herbalism is one of the main specialties of Traditional Chinese Medicine, practitioners have at their disposal a comprehensive pharmacopoeia of several thousand herbs and 700 medicinal formulas – the most comprehensive herbal system ever devised. These herbs and traditional formulas have been organized into a sophisticated system of classification according to their physiologic impact and medicinal use. Through extensive training and application of diagnostic categories, practitioners develop herbal prescriptions tailored to the individual patient.

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