Acupuncture is one of the oldest treating methods in China, even earlier than the use of Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture has been proven effective by the World Health Organization (WHO) in handling health complaints like: lower back pain, arthritis, migraine, sciatica, tennis elbow, chronic fatigue syndrome, hay fever, depression, sleep disorders, facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders), etc.
There are 12 main meridians and 8 extra meridians running in our body, each carrying multiple acupressure points. They are the channels of transporting qi (energy). Blockages in the meridians can result in health related issues. Stimulating the acupressure points by using acupuncture can improve blood circulation and energy flow, restore the inner balance among the zang-fu organs and help strengthen general health.
What can you expect from acupuncture?
All needles are sterilized for one time use only. When inserting the very thin acupuncture needles in the pressure points, you may experience the sensations of soreness, swelling up, or sometimes mild electric shock, which are all normal. Such sensations indicate that the needles are in the right points and they are working.
One acupuncture session usually takes about 35 minutes, sometimes about 50 to 60 minutes if front side and back side of the body are both needed to be treated. It all depends on the specific conditions of each individual. The acupuncturist needs to decide the best way of treating each individual, as everyone is different.
How many sessions do you need?
Again, it depends on individual conditions and specific complaints. It can be 3 times or up to 20 times, with intervals of every 3, 4 days, every week or once every two weeks. For chronical problems, usually it takes longer.
Our licensed acupuncturist is a member of Zhong (Nederlandse vereniging voor Traditionele Chinese Geneeskunde), which is recognized by most of the insurance companies. If you have aanvullend verzekering, acupuncture is covered. Please check the polis to see how much is covered and the list of insurance companies that cover acupuncture on zorgwijzer.
You need to pay at the practice first, with the invoice you can then claim it back from your health care provider.