How does an acupuncture treatment proceed?
This is difficult to say, as there are different schools of acupuncture each of which have their own style of working. I practice different styles depending on the symptoms. Normally, I place between 3 and 15 needles.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture needles are very thin, 25 to 50 (mm?) thinner and more flexible than injection needles. I use needles which are even thinner than the standard acupuncture needles. The insertion of the needles is experienced as painless by most people. Some people feel a minor discomfort when I place a needle and this can coincide with a small cramp, vibration or a feeling of heat. Once placed, you usually don’t feel the needle at all, unless I put an electro-current clip onto it. Even then, for most people it is a relaxing sensation and some even fall asleep during the treatment.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe. I always use very sterile and individually packed disposable needles, which I throw away securely. This way there is no risk of contamination. The needles are inserted with knowledge of and respect for the underlying tissues. I will do my utmost best to avoid any damage. Occasionally, a bruise at the puncture point or a small drop of blood might be possible.
Some people may experience a little dizziness as the Qi-energy starts to flow.
Do I need to believe in acupuncture in order for it to work?
No. The efficacy of Chinese Medicine does not rely on a placebo effect. Acupuncture is being used with success in babys and animals. They cannot understand the treatment or believe in it.
Can children also be treated with acupuncture?
Children of all ages are treated with acupuncture. They respond very well and quickly to the sessions, especially when we also prescribe herbal preparations. These reinforce the acupuncture treatments and guarantee further cure between the treatments.
Will my sessions be reimbursed by my health insurance?
As I am a recognized member of a professional association, some “mutualiteiten” /health insurance companies and hospitalization insurance pay a part of the costs back. You should check this with your own health insurance company /mutualiteit.
What should I do when I cannot come to an appointment?
For every appointment made, I will plan enough time. I will do my best to always work punctually. Out of respect for my time and those of others, I ask you to be present at the moment of the appointment.
Appointments can be modified or cancelled up to 24 hrs in advance by telephone. When not showing up or showing up late, the session will be charged.
How long does a session take?
For every session, I plan 1h15. Your first appointment involves a thorough initial conversation that usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours (especially when you have a complex or extensive history). Often, I also combine acupuncture with other techniques, such as moxa or cupping.
How many sessions are needed?
This can vary a lot from person to person, but most treatments require multiple sessions. The number of treatments depends on the nature of the symptom and its own recovery capacity.. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic approach. The treatment plan will be fully customized to the patient.
Generally speaking, the more acute the symptom, the faster a result is achieved. This could happen after one or two sessions. With most chronic symptoms I keep as a ground rule that I want to see a clear progress after four or five sessions.
After our initial conversation, I could usually estimate what the expected timeframe will be. And of course, we will evaluate together every session depending on your response to the treatments.
May acupuncture be combined with other forms of therapy and/or medication?
Yes for sure. Acupuncture is perfectly complementary to a medical treatment, osteopathy, physiotherapy…
You can keep taking the prescribed medication from your doctor. Advices about this only belong to your doctor and will never be refuted by me. I would like to know which medication you are taking, so please keep a list at your first appointment and please keep me informed about later updates.
At your request, I can contact your treating physician for advice or consultation.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Yes, acupuncture quickly treats all discomforts that can occur during pregnancy, such as morning sickness, back pain, painful radiation towards the legs, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to induce deliveries and to let things run smoothly. Please inform me when you know that you are pregnant.