Hi, I've just joined this forum to ask a bit more about Gp Acupuncture.
I've just moved to Australia from the UK. In the UK i saw several acupuncturists over several years, who mainly practiced 5 elements acupuncture.
In Australia I found a GP surgery offering acupuncture, using "bulk billing" so technically it is free with no cost to the patient. However my experience has been rather strange. I had anticipated that it would be different from "normal" acunpuncture but it was very different indeed, and I am questionning whether it bears any relation to orthodox practice and to its efficiency.
Initially I saw a GP who after about 1 minute confirmed that I wanted acupuncture for my medical condition. Then I was asked to lie on a bed in a different room. About 30mins later another Gp entered, confirmed what I wanted treatment for, then proceeded to insert about 25 needles in my body. There was no patient history taken, no pulses taken, no tongue examination. He was only with me for as long as it took to insert the needles. Then he left. 20 minutes a nurse arrived to remove the needles with tweezers and I left. They recommend 6-12 visits.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Have there been any studies into GP acupuncture and its worth? I am only going as it is free and I have nothing to lose (hopefully it will not exacerabtae my condition) but I do feel that any possible improvement will have happened through luck rather than through judgement!
Thoughts are very welcome...