Initial Acupuncture Consultation
Your first visit to the clinic will include questions about your main complaint, symptoms that you may be experiencing, a review of your medical history including medications. You will be asked questions about your overall well-being, energy levels, sleep and so on. All of these questions are necessary for the acupuncturist to build a picture of your overall health, to determine how your present complaint developed over time and to decide on the most appropriate course of acupuncture treatments.
Every consultation will also include tongue and pulse examination. I will feel your pulses and will also have a look at your tongue. Each pulse position relates to a different body system, organ, type of Qi etc.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, tongue reading is an important diagnostic tool as acupuncturists assess its size, shape, colour and coating. Please avoid tongue scraping on the day of your treatment.
This process, together with the observations about your complexion, voice, general manner and appearance, will enable me to start forming my diagnosis and treatment plan.
Acupuncture treatment involves insertion of very fine, single use needles into specific points on the body. There is usually no pain, but occasionally you may feel heaviness or a mild ache at the point of insertion – you will be advised beforehand if the points selected for the treatment are likely to be particularly sensitive or whether any sensation is to be expected. Needles are typically left in place for about 30 minutes.
Treatments may not only consist of Acupuncture but might also be combined with other techniques such as Moxibustion, Glass Cupping and Ear Acupuncture — and if necessary — a herbal formula prepared in the clinic.
I will also recommend eating/drinking changes, self-care techniques, or additional acupressure treatments.