But I tried acupuncture and it didn’t work…

When I tell people what I do for a living, I get a range of responses.

Some people go on to tell me how they’ve had acupuncture before and it really helped. Others have never tried it but are really interested in doing so and then there are a few who’ve tried acupuncture and it didn’t work.

To those that have tried acupuncture and felt it didn’t work, I’d like you to think again, there are a number of things that you might want to consider

What symptoms were you being treated for…

Acupuncture has been used to treat many different symptoms. I believe that acupuncture can help in many cases and it’s often quite an immediate response. But for some people it isn’t so quick and on occasion it doesn’t work.

However it is always worth trying again, particularly if you arer suffering from different symptoms this time. Your body changes over time and in this case it may respond much better to acupuncture.

What the acupuncturist was like…

It’s important that you see someone who is properly qualified (this is a whole post in itself, which I’ll cover soon) there are many different styles of acupuncture, not to mention personality.

It may be the acupuncturist that you saw, the style in which they treat, even the environment that they work in wasn’t right for you. That’s fine! Not every acupuncturist works in the same way, it could be worth trying someone new and finding the right fit for you.

How many sessions you tried…

Although many people respond quickly to treatment and you may even feel better after a single session. It is important to make sure you have enough sessions to really reach the underlying problem. Did you really go often enough? Or were you expecting a quick fix solution? I think it’s important to see some improvement but it can take a while to really see those lasting changes.

Lifestyle and dietary changes

This is another aspect of acupuncture and Chinese medicine that I love. In addition to using needles as part of your treatment I’ll often work with you to suggest dietary and lifestyle changes. Did you really implement these suggestions along side your acupuncture treatment? Be honest now. I my experience those that do follow up with these changes gain a much larger and long-standing benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Don’t give up yet

So acupuncture might not have worked for you the first time you tried. It may be worth giving acupuncture another try.

Talking to the acupuncturist before hand can give you a feel for how they work, please ask any questions that you might have, we can’t always answer them without going through a full consultation, but can usually give you some guidance over the phone.

Would you like to know more about how I work? Please feel free to call or send me an email and we can see if we could be a good fit to work together.  It may be time to give acupuncture another try.


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