Improvements in Main Complaint (82.2%) and General Health (88%)


From a strictly scientific point of view, a patient's own opinion of his/her treatment is considered too anecdotal to be relevant. Nevertheless, when the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (where Susie studied) collected and analysed data from 495 patients in conjunction with Kingston University, the results showed a clear association between acupuncture treatment and positive health outcomes. An astonishing 82.2% reported 'large' or 'moderate' improvements in their main complaint (click here and here to read the CICM leaflet about the study). 

Furthermore, 88% of the patients in the CICM study also reported 'large' or 'moderate' positive change in their general health too. Why? Well, when patients come for acupuncture they often report a variety of other, seemingly unconnected problems too. These are usually less bothersome than their main complaint(s) and frequently they're not medical 'illnesses' as such. Examples might include irritability, a gurgling tummy, nausea, troubled sleep, over-heating in bed, feeling bloated, 'woolly' head or brain-fog feelings or tiredness and a lack of energy. Such problems are often considered unavoidable ("it's my age isn't it?") or they're attributed to genetics ("my Mum was the same") and never addressed. 

From a Chinese medical perspective though, all signs and symptoms represent imbalance and therefore an acupuncturist factors them into their diagnoses and treatments. When someone's whole energy recovers they report feeling better in themselves - with improved energy, vitality, enjoyment of life and sense of well-being. Whenever this happens it can be very exciting and relevant for all concerned.