The first consultation includes treatment and will usually last 2 hours. All aspects of your health and lifestyle are assessed in order to treat the underlying cause of your condition as well as the symptoms.
We will ask you about your current symptoms, any treatments you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, lifestyle and general health and wellbeing. We will also look at your tongue and take your pulses on both wrists. Subsequent appointments last 1 hour. Loose comfortable clothing should be worn and be aware that we may need to access your torso as well as your arms and legs.
There are around 500 acupuncture points and we will normally select 10-12 in which to insert very fine sterile needles. We may supplement the needle treatment with the application of moxa, a smouldering warm herb used to encourage the smooth flow of Qi. Other methods used to stimulate points include massage, cupping and electro-acupuncture. TCM encourages you to understand the nature of your illness and how to promote health. We may offer dietary, exercise and lifestyle suggestions for you to enhance the healing process.
It is advisable to avoid some things before and directly after treatment as they are thought to affect your Qi. These include: alcohol, excessive fatigue or hunger, large meals, sexual activity, hot baths and extreme emotional states.