Factors that influence dose when using acupuncture and Chinese medicine
What are the factors that influence dose when using acupuncture and Chinese medicine? This is a very important question! One that speaks about how much time, effort and money is involved in getting better when adding acupuncture and Chinese medicine to your health care plan. Please note that the following comments are general in nature and are based on my personal studies and clinical observations. They are supported by millennia of theory that have developed to explain how acupuncture and Chinese medicine influence us but, in many cases, are yet to be confirmed by modern research.
Factors that influence dose
The truth is, there are many factors that influence dose. I have thought about this issue a lot over the last 20 years and have come to conclude that the following list represents some of the most important factors that influence dose when using interventions such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
The patient’s age and general health
Basically, the younger and healthier you are, the faster you are likely to respond to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Young people in good health generally require a lower overall dose then older people in poor general health.
The patient’s constitution
Constitution refers to your genetic and acquired health related strengths and weaknesses. Everyone is different. You can be generally robust or generally fragile. You can also be robust in one area of your health and weak in another. Your particular strengths and weaknesses will determine how you respond to acupuncture and Chinese medicine and will have a direct impact on the number of consultations required to effect your particular problem. The stronger and healthier you are, the faster you are likely to respond to acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
The nature and history of the complaint
The more serious a complaint and the longer it has been around, the longer it will take to get better. It is also important to note that long term and serious complaints usually require higher consultation frequencies. Anecdotally, it is said that 1 month of treatment is required for every year that a patient has experienced a complaint.
The patient’s preparedness to make appropriate lifestyle changes
Following the advice of your practitioner is a great way to ensure that results occur as quickly as humanly possible. This includes diet, lifestyle and exercise advice. Not following this advice will generally result in slower recovery periods.
Other medical interventions (including medication)
At the Australian Acupuncture Centre (AAC), we are skilled at working in cooperation with a wide variety of medical interventions. We do it every single day. That said, it is very important that patients report any interventions they are including in their treatment plan so that appropriate adjustments to their acupuncture and Chinese medicine plan (including frequency of dose) can be made.
The phase of the disease that the patient is currently experiencing
At AAC, we recognise that the management of any condition can be broken down into 3 phases; the symptomatic phase, asymptomatic phase, and the resolution phase. Each phase requires a different consultation dose. You can read more about the different phases of treatment here.
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Thanks for reading,
MPET; B. A. (Hons); B. H. Sc. (Acu); Ad. Dip. App. Sc. (Acu);
Dip. Rem. Mass.; Dip. Rem. Therap;
Member AACMA 1332; Registered Acupuncturist (AHPRA)
Paul McLeod is a AHPRA registered acupuncturist in Geelong, Victoria, offering drug-free management for a wide variety of medical conditions. Paul has been studying and practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine for more than 22 years and has a wealth of experience with many forms of pain, including muscular-skeletal pain, nerve pain, digestive pain and gynaecological pain. Paul is a very experienced teacher with a passion for sharing his knowledge of Chinese medicine with the community.
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