Good Acupuncturist/good treatment?

Good Acupuncturist/good treatment?

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Seng

Dresden, Germany

#1 May 20, 2009
Hi, I am Seng from Germany and I am having accupuncture since last month to reduce my the symptom of my hayfever. It is my 7th session and I am not really satisfy with the Acupuncturist (he is also a General Doctor). I would like to understand what are the criteria when we talk about good acupuncture treatement?

What I do not satisfy are
1. The Acupuncturist does not do chinese diagnosis. He said that the acupuncture points for hayfever are the same for all patients.

2. The points are vary from one session to another session. For eg, sometime there is a needle at the middle of my head and sometime not. The same as my right ears. Is this OK?

3. The points where the needle poked are sometimes 1-2 cm differents as previous session. Is this OK?

4. Can anyone tells me roughly where are the points? The points that he uses are lower legs, upper legs, between thumbs and pointing fingers, both side near the nose, in the middle between eyes, sometime top of the head and sometimes right side of the ear.

5. He is really quick performing the treatment. He came in, poke the needles and left. He did not ask about how is the treatment doing, any complaint or whatsoever.

OK, I am not a person looking at the negative side , but this is not what I expected. Is it personal issues, or is it normal for acupuncturist?

It cost 28 euro per session. I have to go for 10 sessions.

I am not sure if the treatment help because is end of May and normmaly my allergy gone by this time. But the cross allergy to food such as apple, kiwi...etc is still there.

Any comments? thanks
seng, dresden Germany
James Lee

Helmetta, NJ

#2 May 20, 2009
I'm a licensed acupuncturist, so I will try to answer your concerns as best as I can. Your acupuncturist may not use a Chinese medical diagnosis because a majority of patients are not well educated about Chinese medicine, so it might cause a lot of misunderstanding and confusion if he assigns a Chinese medical diagnosis to someone who has a Western medical frame of mind. Someone might be diagnosed with "Liver Qi Stagnation" and the patient might misunderstand and think that there is actually something wrong with their liver when in truth it is merely an simple energetic imbalance that can be treated.
In regards to the point locations in your treatments, the locations you list are very similar to the points I use to treat my hay fever patients. As for why the points may change with each treatment, each human being is living and dynamic system that can change from day to day, so your acupuncturist may select different points to treat your unique day to day internal state based on your symptoms, such as your pulse and tongue appearance. Different acupuncture points can be very close to each other and it is easy for a patient to mistake one point for another.
As for the issues of communication, your acupuncturist should be asking you how you are doing, maintaining lines of communication and be setting reasonable expectations. He might come from an old-school way of practicing acupuncture where interactions on a personal level are considered rude and intrusive and the Confucian values that Chinese culture is based on prevent any interaction beyond what your symptoms are and the treatment itself. That said, if you have a problem with the way the acupuncturist is acting or have issues about your progress, you should bring these issues up and discuss them with your acupuncturist. Hay fever is very treatable by acupuncture, but in my opinion acupuncture can only minimize the reactions you might have to food allergies and cannot cure these allergies themselves.
Ultimately the best acupuncturist for anybody, including you, is someone who you can trust and who can address your suffering. The best time to evaluate your progress is after a course of treatment, where you determine if you have made any tangible progress. Your acupuncturist may be a good practitioner but the question is if he is the right one for you. Only time and some serious consideration in the matter will give you your answers
Well Balanced

United States

#3 Jun 3, 2009
GoodLife AcuCare

United States

#4 Jan 13, 2010
Ronni Fenda

Cambridge, MA

#5 Feb 5, 2010
Another great resource is wholevisit.com . It really helps in getting to know your acupuncturist. This is a free site for both patients and practitioners that helps patients learn everything about their practitioner before making the decision to see them. You really need to be well informed about what the acupuncturists have treated in the past and what their practice philosophy is before seeing them. Good luck!
cleondann

Ludhiana, India

#6 Mar 10, 2010
All these conditions and terms are right. But you have to take some tips from a qualified and certified acupuncturist.
Francois

South Africa

#7 Sep 4, 2010
I suffer from hayfever too. A bit of research revealed some acupuncture points to stimulate and I have excellent results. I stimulate the reccomended points daily and have also located some points of my own which give immediate relief. Having suffered for many years, this is the quickest relief I found so far. This is how I stopped smoking as well. I bought this self-help kit from a site www.quit4all.com for smoke cessation. I now use the same instrument to stimulate acu points for other ailments with grest results. Ten out of ten for acupuncture - it realy does contribute to my relief from many "untreatable" ailments. And best of all - doing it myselfI can immediately feel which points give the best results for my personal conditions.
Sharon

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Sep 21, 2010
I would like to recommend some tips on choosing the best practitioner for your situation
Here are some tips I wrote about I hope they are helpful to you
http://www.philadelphia-acupuncture.com/why-i...
Regina Peterson

Denver, CO

#9 Jun 22, 2015
I have had a migraine for 3 months, and I have no idea how to cure myself of them. One of my friends told me that I should look into seeing an acupuncturist, but I don't know who to see or if there are some that specialize in headaches. Any recommendations? http://www.jadepathtcm.com/what-is-acupunctur...

Since: Jul 15

Montréal, Canada

#10 Jul 27, 2015
The best result of acupuncture will be obtained only if you choose the right acupuncturist.
acupuncture is a good option to get rid of all kind pain.You have to take extra care while choosing an acupuncturist. Make sure that they are licensed expert with good experiences. Collect as much of feedbacks about him from all possible ways. I had got an acupuncture treatment for my muscle sprain with the help of an expert in Dynamic physiotherapy and sports injury clinic in Burlington( http://www.dynamicphysiotherapy.ca/services/a... ). It really worked for me. but I don't know good acupuncturists in your place. All the best.

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