The Healing Journey

A very common question that our team is asked (rightly so) is how many sessions will I require? For a more scientific response you can check out our article on treatment frequency however this particular article is more about the practical philosophy behind what our team does to help you on your healing journey.

A practitioner should never seek to have a patient return continuously, the end goal is to help the patient create an ecosystem in which they can function with whatever symptoms may arise from their disorder. For example if a patient were to come in with symptoms of depression or anxiety then the practitioner will seek to set a number of foundation treatments and advise on spaced out follow up sessions. These sessions are not just physical treatment or prescription of herbal medicines to alleviate discomfort but also a chance to equip patients with management techniques in order to deal with any symptoms that do come up down the road.

As much as a practitioner will try to resolve all the root issues there are many situations where the resurgence of the problem is unavoidable. For example joint pain coming as an occupational hazard, as such the practitioner will advise on whether a particular activity or lifestyle habit is causing the problem and the patient will need to work on this to prevent future injury or seek a way to limit the damage done to the body.

It is advised but not entirely necessary (depending on situation) to see a practitioner after the course of treatment* has been completed. Getting a tune up is always helpful of course – think of it like your car, you definitely do not want it to start breaking down before you take it to get serviced or if you think of your body as a musical instrument, your practitioner is simply seeking to tune it so that it plays correctly.

An acupuncturist/herbalist should be someone that assists you with the challenges in life as they arrive, not just someone who assists you after all other options have shown a lack of results.

In closing a (loosely translated) quote from one of our classic text books:

“The decent practitioner treats the symptoms.

The good practitioner treats the person.

The great practitioner treats the mind**.”

*A course of treatment is the foundation number (three to five sessions close together then several sessions further spaced out; the specific number is calculated depending on the patient presentation and duration of disorder).

**Mind in this case being the term Shen (神) which can be translated as mindset/psyche/consciousness/heart/decision making (amongst dozens of others, such is the complexity of Chinese characters).

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