Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about Acupuncture Treatments.
What is an acupuncture treatment like?
Each condition or ailment needs information gathered from the diagnosis which is used to reach and formulate a treatment plan for each case. Each time the client attends a session the practitioner assess the results of the last session treated and adjusts the follow up treatment.
Needles - I have needle phobia !
Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles used for injections or blood sampling, they are twenty times smaller and generally painless. A jolt of energy can be felt in a few cases. Patients typically have little or no sensation of the acupuncture needle insertion when applied. The acupuncturist uses acupuncture needles at the chosen locations. After the needles are manipulated for a few seconds to produce a therapeutic stimulus, they are retained while the patient lies quietly for +-60 minutes.
Is acupuncture safe are the needles re-used?
NEVER! Dr. Jeff Lan only uses disposable needles which are completely sterile as prescribed by the health regulations in South Africa. Modern sterile, single-use, disposable needles, acupuncture has an outstanding safety record and are disposed of in an enviromentally friendly manner.
Some issues not addressed are treated.
Treatment cannot be singled into one symptom, one treatment concept, many symptoms may stem from a single ailment or diagnosis. The body is a linked network system, treatment will cure as such.
What about side effects?
The NIH report states: “one of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” Rarely, patients experience temporary, mild worsening of symptoms before improvements begin to occur. Often the relaxing effects of acupuncture are so profound that patients feel a greater sense of well being and vitality.
Why are there more and less sessions?
Every condition manifests differently in each individual, same condition, different circumstances. No two treatments are alike, they may be similar. Generally patients attend until the symptoms and root of the problem is fully treated. Follow up treatments can range between 1 and 3 days after initial sessions. Acute conditions take far less time to heal than do chronic ones. Seeking treatment early greatly reduces the length of healing time. This can range from 2 to 10 or more sessions dependant on ailment and recovery to treatment.
Training after treatment and how soon?
Depending on the extent of ailment and treatment some conditions require mild excises such as light stretching, qi gong, taiji and meditation.
I wish to keep on maintaining my body with acupuncture?
Yes, like a car the body needs a regular service too, a recommended once a month session, helps to maintain the bodies balance.
Can I use it with Western Medicine?
Absolutely! In fact, Chinese Medicine can help alleviate side effects of surgery and medication and aid certain “untreatable” conditions. Just notify your practitioner of any medication you may be using to avoid interactions.
Acupuncture & dry needling, the difference?
Acupuncture takes years of continuous study and treats deeper more intense and bigger proportion of ailments. Dry needle therapy – can be done as a short course (weeks) and is practiced by most Western medical practitioners as an “add on” therapy; needles are placed lightly in the upper layer of the skin almost non penetrating also known as “painless” acupuncture. Treats milder conditions and ailments.
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