The initial treatment is always preceded by an evaluation-consult.
The first visit includes a thorough health history, a detailed review of
each body system and assessment of general wellbeing. A physical examination
will include assessment of the pulses, palpation of relevant acupuncture meridians
and body regions, and looking at the tongue. With the information collected,
a Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern diagnosis is made that is then used
to form the treatment strategy. In addition to receiving a diagnosis, each
patient will learn how the ailment most likely developed, what can be done to resolve
it and what steps to take to assist in the healing process. The patient will also
receive guidance for lifestyle adjustments to help maintain optimal health.
Depending on the nature and duration of the issue to be treated, one or several
modalities will be suggested to achieve the most benefit. Each patient is
actively involved in choosing which modalities he/she is most comfortable using
Acupuncture patients experience a sensation of the Qi flowing, but not pain.
When a point is treated, gentle adjustments are made until the patient experiences
the Da Chi effect a mild warming or tingling sensation that indicates the acupuncture point
has been connected. Points are usually treated for 20-25 minutes. Most treatment sessions are
45-60 minutes in length with typically 2 sessions per week for the first few weeks of treatment.
The course of treatment can be any where from a few days to several months, depending on the
complexity and duration of the ailment. To ensure safety only sterile disposable needles are used.