Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NYC Acupuncturist state of mind | Definition of insanity | How many treatments, when is enough ?

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As a NYC practicing acupuncturist, I know that there are many times when many fast-paced Manhattan clients will not stick around if I do not produce results in a short or reasonable time.

I recently had a call from a new client wanting to do acupuncture and bio-resonance therapy on an advice of her German friend. (bio-resonance is very popular in Germany and reimbursable by medical insurance).
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After I basically answered yes to every "Can you do this, can I do that" of the patient, she said, she wanted to think about it.

The new client told me she has been going to a holistic Dr for over three years and after muscle testing the doctor would give her herbs. The woman told me she was doing fine with that kind of therapy. 

I asked her if she was doing fine, why she was seeking new therapies ? After resisting a bit she agreed that she was not doing so well and was losing hair due to her thyroid condition. After I explained to her that in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine it would be related to Kidney energy deficiency and blood and I helped others in the past, the client said she would stick with her current
3-year-old therapy.

As someone once said to me, and I never forgot, "NOT EVERYONE IS MEANT TO BE YOUR CLIENT".  I was fine with her not coming to see me, but thought to myself, how many office visits or time is needed to know things are working or its time to move on to new approaches.

I was thinking of the definition of insanity and thought to myself, isn't 3 years is a lot not to feel better ? So I came up with a timeline for acupuncture and many other treatments when it is time to expect results and move on to another practitioner or use other forms of therapy.

So I would say if someone treats pain, then with acupuncture or any other therapy you should notice some changes within 6 visits. 

I actually would say that for any type of pain, of any origin you need to benefit in some ways within this time frame.
As a matter of fact, many acupuncturists on many occasions can deliver pain relieve within 3-5 minutes of needle insertion and I have often seen it in my clinic. But it's not always the case.

If someone is treating an internal condition, then 1 to 3 months in most cases is enough to notice some positive changes. In some chronic cases or cases, for example, natural fertility with acupuncture and Chinese herbs conception can be achieved within in 1 to 6 months.

I am sure there are exceptions to many rules, but in my experience if you wait too long doing the same thing with no results, that is insanity :)

What is your story ?

Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
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