It depends on what diseases that you mentioned.
Yes and no. We try to treat the root cause of the problem as compared to symptoms only in Western or conventional medicine. You will need more treatments for some conditions and some less, and some need follow-ups. Please consult your local acupuncturist for more information.
Scott Sang In Lee
Snohomish Brown, DACM, LAc, CMT
improving the quality of life.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Wishing you health,
1. Can acupuncture cause a remission of symptoms?
2. Is acupuncture cost effective?
In the first case, yes, acupuncture can, over time, cause remission or significant reduction in symptoms. It's highly unlikely this will happen on a first treatment. However, after a course of therapy, typically 8-10 treatments, patients can experience a significant reduction in symptoms and this reduction can persist for upwards of 12 months in some cases.
Which brings us to the second question about cost effectiveness. Insurance coverage for acupuncture services can be very hit and miss - a lot depends on where a person lives. In the US, Medicare/Medicaid do not typically cover acupuncture services. This puts a lot of folks in the position of paying cash for acupuncture. In the long run, though, this often works out to be cheaper than conventional treatments - especially given that, after a course of therapy, acupuncture's effects can persist for quite some time.
Lastly, if you're thinking about acupuncture to help with some health condition, please make sure you're seeing a provider who is licensed as an acupuncturist in your state. You want someone who attended and graduated from an accredited school of Chinese medicine and, ideally, is nationally board certified in acupuncture or oriental medicine. If you're not in CA, you can use NCCAOM.org's "Find a Practitioner" lookup to get a list of providers local to you.