Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very successful in the treatment of a large number of medical conditions. Many people try acupuncture and Eastern medicine as a “last resort” for serious and complex medical problems and find that it can help them where other types of treatments could not. After three to five treatments it often becomes clear whether acupuncture can make a big difference.
In the Netherlands a referral from a general practitioner or specialist is not necessary. The treatments are (partly) reimbursed by almost all health insurers from the supplementary package because I am a member of the recognized professional association Zhong. Treatments are 1 on 1 or in groups and always personalized.
For thousands of years acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine. It involves inserting needles into parts of the body along energy lines known as meridians. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including rheumatic and arthritic pain, allergies, digestion disorders, insomnia, stress and muscle tension. It is thought the needles stimulate the body to produce endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Acupuncture can also be used for the treatment of addictions. Usually symptoms start to be relieved after around four sessions.
Acupuncture is also often used as a preventative medicine. Many people see their acupuncturist only couple of times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment. This can help prevent disease and promote health, energy and vitality.
As an acupuncturist, I look at the cause of your condition and try to find out what your diagnosis is to determine whether Eastern medicine can help you. Every person is unique and it would be difficult to determine how effective acupuncture will be for you without a full evaluation. If you come with a headache, for example, I first focus on removing the headache and then ensuring that this complaint does not recur.
After an anamnesis, usually a treatment follows. This involves placing thin sterile needles on so-called acupuncture points on the body. Dietary advice, Qi Gong exercises, moxa, cupping and laser acupuncture can be part of the treatment. The treatment takes about 1 hour.
Take comfortable loose fitting clothing with you, or wear it on arrival. For the treatment of common complaints, acupuncture points are used on the hands, forearms, feet and lower legs. The convenience of loose-fitting clothing is that it can be slid to knees and elbows, making the acupuncture needles easy to deploy.
Which problems are often treated with acupuncture?
The most common medical conditions presented to an acupuncturist are pain related.
For instance; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that can diagnose and successfully treat various conditions, including:
(This is by no means a complete list of what acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can handle).
eye, ear, nose, throat disorders
ringing in the ears
disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
irritable bowel syndrome
gynecological / urinary tract disorders
premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
irregular, heavy or painful periods
complications during pregnancy
infertility in men and women
HIV and AIDS (support immune system)
epstein barr virus
emotional and psychological disorders
musculoskeletal and neurological disorders
headache and migraine
colds and flu
acupuncture also treats
chemotherapy / side effects
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