The reality is that acupuncture in Melbourne for many is a last resort. It is usually only after Western medicine has failed to address or fix a health issue do many people turn to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. As a result, many of the cases we see in the clinic are difficult and chronic cases. Couple this with the fact that patients have to pay for acupuncture and it means that practitioners who run thriving private practices must be very, very good at what they do and get results.
Things are Changing for Acupuncture Though
As more and more medical clinics are charging a gap payment for a GP visit, patients are starting to really think about where they want to spend their health dollar. As these co-payments get larger, more patients will seek out non-drug treatments for their health issues. Also, as the medical system introduces more para-medical services (i.e. where it is a nurse or other support professional rather than the doctor providing services) this will likely encourage more people to see a Doctor of Chinese Medicine for primary care. Also, patients generally get more time and hands on care with a Doctor or Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture in China
Acupuncture is much more integrated in with Western medical services in Chinese hospitals. Many patients will concurrently see both Chinese and Western medical doctors for the best health outcome. For example the patient may receive drugs to treat the symptom while the root cause of the problem is addressed with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Acupuncture Becoming a First Resort Treatment
Patients who have previously seen us and been helped are more likely to see us first for any new health problems. People who don’t want drugs or surgery will also see us first. People who have been through the entire Western medicine mill with no help who see us as a last resort, often wish they came to us first.
Acupuncture Aims to Fix the Root Cause
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs aim to fix the root cause of health problems so they don’t come back. As a general rule, Western medicine addresses the symptom rather than the root cause, which is why when you come off any medications the problem will come back.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs is a very old, advanced and sophisticated form of medicine capable of treating many health problems. Really think about where you want to spend your health dollar.