I am a student to acupuncture. I have a particular interest in the treatment of emotional imbalances.
This forum is really just a short one to ask for some other peoples opinion on the regularity of treatment for emotional imbalances, particularly that of (GAD) Generalized Anxiety, a contant feeling of fear with no known cause.
I have a friend who has GAD. I am interested in it as I used to suffer from this condition also. I beat it in the end by using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy however it was a long and tedious process. One of the main reasons I wanted to get into acupuncture was because when I used to suffer with anxiety I found acupuncture was incredible at bringing on a swift feeling of calm and balance that no other therapy came close to.
The problem with acupuncture was the effect wore off in roughly 2 hours and I could only afford at the time to do it once a week. I know now that once a week is never going to be sufficient for this kind of imbalance, it simply acted as a much apreciated mini holiday away from my condition.
Back to my friend. She is fortunate enough to be able to afford acupuncture daily (alright for some) and has found that she has made some improvement but still feels she could do with it more. I was curious about this and so I went round to do an acupuncture with her and then to measure her pulse afterwards, she was in good balance but this didn't last, within about 2 hours she was significantly out of balance again.
My question is, with a niggly condition such as GAD where imbalance can re accur so swiftly, can one treat according to the imbalance rather than a general opinion of once a day is sufficicent. The later just simply isn't true in my opinion, once a day acts as a nice tea break from a condition, its just not enough to turn the imbalance around, not in a sensible amount of time anyways.
I believe in keeping to a sensible 30 mins session but believe that (if possible ofcourse and in an ideal situation) treating the imbalance as it arises will be far more effective. Say for example the imbalance accured 4 times a day, then re-set that imbalance, then work it down from there with the aim of spreading out the distance as one progresses until there is no more need for treatment. You see, with something as stubborn as anxiety can be, I believe that if your going to make rapid success then treating the imbalance as it arises is the only way, even if that means a certain number of treatments daily to begin with.
Having said this, I am not the professional, I am simply a student, perhaps it is possible to overdo on Qi but if the imbalance is still there and one is sticking to short 30 mins treatments I cannot see a problem, only if one was to do lengthy single treatments.
I understand that when a practitioner is setting his treatment plan he is taking into consideration all of the practicalities such as patient costs and time. But this post is simply based on the ideal situation.
Your opinions will be greatly appreciated.