Acupuncture treatment results can vary depending on the severity of the patient’s condition and how long they have suffered from the condition.
Changes may be felt after one treatment, but it usually takes 3-5 treatments for significant changes to be made and up to 3-12 weeks of treatments for conditions to go away.
The treatment plan will vary depending on the results seen after the first few treatments.
Balance of Yin and Yang
An acupuncturist is seeking to treat not only the signs and symptoms a person is experiencing but also the underlying root of the problem to lessen the chance the problem will reoccur.
Cause of disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine is an imbalance of yin and yang in the body.
This imbalance can be caused by emotions (too strong or held for too long), outside pathogens attacking the body, trauma or injury, diet, and deficient qi.
- According to TCM, pain is caused by 8 main factors, weather-related ones are:
- Invasions of Cold,
- Retention of Dampness,
- Accumulation of Heat,
- while others include Emotional frustration,
- External trauma or injury,
- Retention of Phlegm,
- Qi and Blood Deficiency,
- and Lingering diseases moving to the collaterals.
Acupuncture Safe Process
Once a practitioner has determined the cause of the pain, they look at how the pain is presenting in that patient and then determine a course of treatment
Acupuncture needles are sterile and used one time before being safely discarded.
Acupuncture is a regulated practice in BC, the governing body is responsible to the public and must have the publics’ best interest at heart.
The body is called the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, or the CTCMA.