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Most medical approaches identify non-compliance with treatment as an important factor in treatment failure. Non-compliance stands out even more sharply in Chinese medicine where individualisation of treatment produces more successful results and minimal unwanted results.
There is one kind of treatment non-compliance which has very positive implications. All that has to be done in this case is to milk the positivity out of the non-compliance and put it to good use.
How can non-compliance be good?
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When the treatment has been successful
Let's say the treatment has produced the desired results. As usual in this type of treatment process, you have also experienced desired results beyond those originally sought. Everything is fine. You are happy with your achievement.
And so you fail to comply with any further treatment, because it seems there is no need for any more treatment.
So far so good. If the practitioner was also in the loop he would also be very happy with the achievement! There are just three lacunae that it would be helpful to clear up:
- Individualised medicine is not standardised or automated. It is made only for you, the patient. Therefore, unlike generalised medical procedures, the data that a patient can provide to their Chinese medicne practitioner after treatment can be very important. Not only for the now successful patient, but also for those who may present with related Patterns in the future. Individualised medicine takes its existence from individual cases like yours.
- Individualised medicine observes Patterns occurring and changing within the individual in order to diagnose, treat, evaluate and anticipate. This is completely different from treatment of symptoms or named diseases, as in industrial medicine. If you, the patient, are feeling completely better and the main symptom/disease you originally sought help for is gone, it may still be necessary to continue treating the Pattern/s in order to round your treatment off. It's still best to consult your practitioner to confirm, and to consolidate if necessary.
- This type of more or less benign non-compliance can be transformed into better awareness on the part of the patient. By recognising that individualised medicine, such as Chinese medicine, has a logic and a knowledge that is not subsumed under the mantle of "science" or the industrialised medicines, patients can begin to empower themselves with this different mode of analysis. It is actually very close to home be:ause most of the diagnostic data needed in individualised medicines consist of palpable sensations, ie what you really feel. There is more involved than a simple reference to your ICD10 medical disease or DOH procedure code. By accepting your practitioner's function of making sense out of the apparent chaos of contradictory details, you can begin to understand from your own feelings how your Chinese medicine treatment is changing you.
Therefore, when it's time to be non-compliant because your treatment has reached successful outcome, just drop a line or give a call to say so and discuss it!