The first visit will include a consultation involving questions about the main complaints of the patient, medical history, and also about other systems in the body (ie. digestion, sleep, urination etc.). To conclude the consultation, we do a tongue and pulse diagnosis, as both are very important diagnostic tools in Chinese Medicine. The consultation will take from half an hour to one and a half hours depending on the patient's case. It is extremely thorough and quite often makes the patient notice symptoms that they never thought would be asked of them. After the consultation, we will talk to the patient about the best treatments appropriate for them which may be acupuncture, herbal medicine or some combination of the two.
On additional visits, the first five to ten minutes will be a follow-up consultation where questions are asked about the progress of the patient and if any symptoms have changed. If the patient is receiving Acupuncture, every treatment lasts about an hour. If there is sufficient time, we will perform an Acupuncture treatment on the first visit. The needles are inserted and generally retained in the body for 20-30 minutes. If the main complaint of the patient includes acute or chronic pain, Massage/acupressure will follow the acupuncture. In most cases, I will advise the patient on nutritional and dietary recommendations as well. In turn, on the second visit I will give the patient a list of guidelines that they can take home and use for referral.