Re: Chinese/Alternative Medicine for Fibro/CFS
Sorry, I forgot to look back on this board. I usually post over on the back board!
If they want to give you "Chinese" medicine or herbs, I would not take it unless it is okay'd by the PM doctor. And be sure to tell the acupuncturist what medications you are on. They are usually very careful about having the patient fill out a very detailed health history, list of all medications including OTC and supplements, vitamins, etc.
The first lady I went to was just opening her own business and she still worked for another Chinese acupuncturist who had the "well-known" clinic near where I live. She would tell me how she treated her patients there vs. how she was going to run her own place. He would diagnose a patient at the first intake appointment, and then the series of treatments would all be identical, regardless of what the patient said was her response to the treatments. My friend (as she was to become) felt that treatment should be evaluated after every appointment and small adjustments should be made. If I had reported more pain in a particular area, she might focus more on that area for this particular session and it would change slightly every time. She advised me to never sign up with someone who wanted a payment up front from a series of treatments. With her, I sometimes signed up for multiple sessions at one time, because she gave a little price break...this is not what I'm talking about. This is like signing up for six massages because it is a little cheaper. What I'm telling you to avoid is when you are told you must pay for six appointments now before you even know if you want to return to the acupuncturist.
I will warn you that although it may feel wonderful at the time and you should feel peaceful afterward, you probably won't notice any big changes for quite sometime. I did it more for "maintenance" than for any resolving of issues or "cure" to my problems. Hope that makes sense.