Tracy Saraduke, RN, M.Ac. L.Ac.

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East Meets West - What's the Plan?
by Tracy Saraduke, RN, BSN, MS, M.Ac., L.Ac.

ďTo administer medicines to diseases which have already developed is like the behavior of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, or those who start to forge weapons after they are already engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?Ē Ė The Su Wen, Ch. 2, (221 BC)

Whether itís East or West, you should have a plan for restoring and maintaining your health.A general plan for health might include a health insurance policy, your personal tax deductible out of pocket plan for health expenses, periodic treatment, and daily practice to improve or maintain your health.Practitioners have a treatment plan for every patient, even if the plan isnít made formal.

September and October are typical months to re-evaluate health insurance plans, so this is a perfect time for you to evaluate your health maintenance plan.Yes, you can implement a preventative program Ė planning for your health, not for your sickness.To finance their health maintenance needs many people are choosing to use a Health Savings Account (HSA), either through an insurance company or set up on their own.And you may be surprised to learn that acupuncture is a covered benefit with an HSA.

A major part of creating a health maintenance plan is to get a health evaluation by an expert to determine if you have any underlying problems.So, start by getting a medical evaluation, even if you donít currently have a specific condition.In acupuncture, the practitioner develops a plan by listening to you describe your current complaint, reviewing your health history and assessing your general health.The practitioner will look at a number of different things to determine the state of your health including the pulse points, the voice and the belly.

It is the meridian systemís objective evaluation that allows the acupuncturist to find underlying causes.This is how weaknesses can be detected and treated before they become serious problems.Through evaluation of all the data gathered, the acupuncturist comes up with a solution that treats the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.

For acupuncture, a patient with a severe chronic condition should plan for 6-10 weekly visits for the resolution of most complaints.Then, the acute or chronic patient will become like someone who just needs health maintenance, a once-a-month visit for a year.For a healthier patient, treatments are often only 4-6 times for most complaints.After that, you may only need a treatment once a quarter.Because each patient is different, they require a different treatment and a different treatment plan.

Although acupuncture is useful for resolving stubborn complaints, its strength is in its use for health maintenance.If I treat your underlying meridian imbalance, and improve your overall health, we will find resolution of those problems (sinuses, trick knee, headaches, bad digestion, etc.)Additionally, we may well prevent other conditions from appearing.A plan to maintain health now will pay off in huge dividends in the future.