Everyday, I answer many questions from visited patients or online inquiries, such as:
For some chronic or difficult-to-treat conditions, such Dystonia, or Parkinson Disease, or diabetes, or a mix of many conditions,
“How many sessions’ acupuncture could cure my condition?”
“How much percentage of cure rate of your treatment?”
“I have infertility, how many sessions’ acupuncture could help me get pregnant?”
And, “If you say you could cure it, I will see you.”
Actually, many conditions or illness,disorders are chronic conditions, many of them are difficult-to-treat also, and patients may use conventional medicine for years too.
Frankly, I say “we could not cure most of them”, in 8 sessions, even in 16 sessions’acupuncture; Or in one month herbal tea treatment. Many of them need long-term management.
We do see some magic results in some cases; we did cure some patients in a very short-term treatments. In a few cases, we even cure the patients’ condition, which they had that for years, with only one or two sessions’ acupuncture or in one day’s herbal tea treatment!
We did see pregnant only after one acupuncture treatment in a few patients with infertility. We did stop the dystonia in one week.
However, for most of the cases, we could improve them; some patients also did get disappointed with our treatments, because their aims did not become the real in one or two month, or other short period of time.
We do tell patients who have difficult-to- treat illness or disorders, they will see some of improvements over the time, some illness or disorders could not be cured in 100% of patients: some may get “cure”(this is clinically cure, not absolute cure as patient hoped, sometime may get relapse if patients get some trigger), some get improved, some get slight better(or other condition get better, for example, overall condition better), some no result, some worse (please note, the illness, or disorder will get worse under some conditions by itself, not related to acupuncture or Chinese herbs at all).
We could not imagine how many percentage of the patients get “cure”. For example, we have over 40 patients get pregnant in recent 4 years. We may say about 40-50% of patients (if they had 2 month or more serious treatments) get pregnant!
However, this is a very rough answer. Why? the condition is very complicated.
In these patients who seek acupuncture/herbs for fertility, patients had different causes of infertility, such as FSH high, POCS, ovulation issue, progesterone issue, tube issue, husband sperm issue, etc; many patients had medications, some of them did acupuncture alone, some of them had Chinese herbs too; some of them followed regular treatment strategy, some of them didn’t follow our strategy very well(due to work, due to personal issue, due to something else–subjective or objective reasons); some of them had IVF, IUI etc(with acupuncture or herbs). We could not tell you very detail in a statistic work.
However, it does work!
For acupuncture and Chinese herbology, to many difficult-to-treat illness or disorders, it works! at least it improves patients’ condition in most of the cases.
Importantly, acupuncture basally has little adverse effect. Chinese herbology also has very less side effect if patients see a trained Chinese medicine doctor.
For most of patients with chronic or difficult-to-treat conditions, no.one thing is adjusting the aim based on understanding their own condition well, don’t see a Chinese medicine doctor – he or she promised you–you will get a cure in several treatments(except for some pain condition). Most of time, patients will need more longer treatments.
For the cost-effectiveness, don’t see a provider who promise you have a good result but you pay very little.Most of well-trained, experienced Chinese medicine doctors offer patients a reasonable, affordable fee schedule. For better result, don’t see a provider who had less training and over low fee.