People think about Chinese medicine is slow and expensive. It’s biggest mistake. Such as I used to treat many cases of decades’ pain and solve it in a couple of treatments if its not induced by stress (It needs correct mind setting to get ride off it.) or cancer (It needs more treatments to totally avoid it. But we have herbs to stop the pain.). If you add up all of the pain killers, doctor visit cost, even with surgery or test cost, it’s far over visit an acupuncturists. Plus lost quality of life, sleeping problems, etc. what kind cost that paid off for no quality of life or even lost income due to pain can not perform the job.
We treat root problems. It means that after you get functions recovered, if you keep happy and do exercises, you do not need treatments except that you are under high stress mentally or physically (such as operate power tool, high repetitive on certain movements and/or use certain muscle groups) or life style, diets not good. Then, compare with most diseases once you are on medicine, it’s life long under medication. Which one needs longer treatments? Short term spend money (Another issue is most cases are not covered by insurance, people pay more out off pocket money.) vs long term spend money (patients out off pocket money plus insurance reimbursed to healthcare professionals, test, drugs and premium), which one is more expensive?
Like pain killer, mask the pain, it looks a quick relief. But once it comes back, it’s severe and severe as time passed by. It’s the same with many other type sicknesses. Plus the unconformable of the life quality is more valuable than anything else. One of my patients came in and got relaxed. He told me that even he spent on a cruise can not get so relax and the feeling of well being.
Think clearly and more objectively, you will get the right answer.
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© 2013 Frieda Mah, L.Ac., NGH C. Ht.