Dr. Rosenfarb is so confident in his acupuncture methods that you will not be charged if there are no measurable improvements!
If there are no immediate responses, then the treatment is probably not going to work for you. We call this a "non-responder" and approximately 15% of patients who come to see Dr. Rosenfarb fall into this category. Unfortunately, Dr. there are a few people who just don't respond.
Thousands of years ago, Chinese Medical Acupuncturists were ONLY compensated when they got RESULTS. They were not paid for time spent, if they failed to help the patient.
Dr. Rosenfarb is the ONLY known acupuncturists who guarantees his services. There is no charge if there is no measurable improvement in vision during the first week.
If you are receiving acupuncture for an eye condition, a well trained acupuncturist should know that results will be evident within the initial series of 10 treatments. Very few (extremely advanced) cases may need an additional week to see improvement.
Why do some not respond? Either acupuncture (in general) may not work for that person OR the practitioner lacks the understanding and skill to treat a specific condition.
Begin treatment ONLY after there is a clearly established baseline of your vision. This is critical - otherwise how do you know if treatment is working for you?
Measuring should be done with conventional ophthalmic methods and reported as such.
I have had reports from patients that they were told to "keep coming back" for months (and even years) with no evidence of improvement. That's just not right!
Again, measurable results are almost always seen within the first series.
HOW LONG WILL VISION IMPROVE?
For the first year or so, vision will continue to improve. After 12-15 months or so, regeneration of damaged and dormant photo-receptors will most likely be maximized.
At that point the goal is vision preservation and maintenance, usually 1-2 times per year. We need to keep the blood flowing to the retina and optic nerve to preserve vision.
WHAT IF YOU CAN'T TRAVEL?
Dr. Rosenfarb has given workshops to hundreds of acupuncturists and personally trained many in Advanced Chinese Medical Ophthalmology & Acupuncture Ophthalmology.
He has written two books and has an online course to offer his expertise to his peers. Any acupuncturists interested in learning has all of these resources available to them.
There is also our online courses at:
AcuVision Training for Acupuncturists
The 2 most important things you need to remember are:
1- Get a baseline vision test and test before and after a series of 10 acupuncture treatments. Make sure testing is done using conventional testing methods.
2- If there is no measurable improvement by then, you are likely to be a "non-responder."
No response can also be a failure on the part of the acupuncturist and/or you may need to try another method of treatment.
We may still consider exploring herbs & supplements, micro current, laser therapy, etc.