Consultation - Questioning, Diagnosis and Treatment
During your first visit you will be asked, in detail, about the symptoms or condition for which you are seeking treatment. In addition you will also be asked, in some detail, about your general health, medical history and lifestyle. If you are seeking treatment for a physical and/or muscular injury a brief physical examination may take place. The practitioner may then take your pulse and ask to look at your tongue. All of this will provide important information in order to make a diagnosis in Chinese Medicine terms.
You should also be aware that medical terms have different meanings in Chinese Medicine from conventional (Western) Medicine. Please feel free to ask for an explanation of any terms which you do not understand or which worry you.
You will have the opportunity to ask any further questions and to make an informed decision before consenting to the proposed treatment. You may then receive a short initial treatment. This initial treatment is shorter than subsequent sessions to allow the practitioner to assess how your body responds to treatment.
You may be required to undress to your underwear during treatment depending on which areas of your body are being treated. You will be left to undress in private and provided with towels to cover your body. Towels may be rearranged by the practitioner during the treatment in order to gain access to a specific area of the body, however your privacy and modesty will be respected at all times.
Subsequent treatments may last approximately 60 minutes. During this time fine needles are inserted into specific locations on the body. The needles remain in place for approximately 20 to 25 minutes whilst you relax. The needles are then removed and the treatment is concluded.