The side effect of good acupuncture, however, is to do more than simply cure the symptom. Many people will say they feel much better in themselves, have increased energy and vitality and a greater enjoyment of life, greater confidence, better sleep and a more normal appetite. This happens as acupuncture is also directed at restoring the overall energy and balance and will not only deal with the condition but also help the patient feel better in a general way.
Diagnosing and treating the person rather than the disease, is particularly appropriate in two cases. There are some people who feel quite unwell in themselves but do not have a specific or serious complaint to present themselves as ‘sick’. Traditional acupuncture can diagnose the imbalance and restore well-being without the person having a named condition.
Secondly many patients will also attend an acupuncturist for preventive treatment. An acupuncturist can often detect and treat an energy imbalance before the patient is aware of any symptoms. The aim is to maintain health rather than overcoming a specific condition.