HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This is one of the first questions that people have before starting a course of treatment. We are all busy and we all have our limitations with our budgets. There is not a single answer to that question because the answer depends on the condition, how long you have had the condition, how well you respond to acupuncture therapy, your age and your general health. However an initial 8 treatments is the average where typically people start feeling a significant improvement around 3-4 sessions. At this point we have a much clearer idea about you response to the treatment and is possible to make a better plan.
Chronic cases take longer, acute cases require fewer treatments. What is a good factor to estimate the treatment course, is how long it TOOK you to get to where you are now. And the goal of the treatment is to get you to a point where you will stop with the treatments and in case needed transition you into maintenance care which is a tune-up every 4-6 weeks.
Acupuncture has a very good success rate (80-90%) with the conditions that I am treating. However the response to the treatment is like Bell Curve (see below). Some (lucky) people will experience a significant healing with just a few sessions, some not.
No of treatments
WHAT IS THE FREQUENCY OF THE TREATMENTS?
The effect of acupuncture is accumulative therefore it is crucial to have treatments frequent enough so that the healing achieved in the previous session does not wear off before the next one. The ideal treatment frequency is twice a week, if not possible once a week. Please note that when the treatments are more frequent, the body will respond quicker and will not fall back in between sessions. Therefore, in most cases, the total number of treatments will be less.
IS IT COVERED BY INSURANCE?
I am a licensed member of the acupuncture association NVTCG Zhong, your treatment will be covered by most Dutch Health Insurance companies in case you have an additional alternative medicine package. Please check with insurance company if your personal package covers acupuncture treatments. Click here for more information.
HOW LONG DO THE APPOINTMENTS LAST?
Your initial visit will last 1 – 1.5 hours, and subsequent visits will be about 45 - 60 minutes long.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON MY FIRST VISIT?
On your first consult, we need to assess your general health. You will be asked about your current symptoms and any treatment you've received so far. It is also important to gather detailed information about your medical history and that of your family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The purpose is to identify what needs to be addressed in order to target your specific complaint.
Stimulation of specific areas affects the functioning of various parts of the body. However, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where you are experiencing a problem. Often during the course of a few sessions, different points will be selected as the patient's condition changes. Other methods include electro-acupuncture, cupping or laser, particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.