The 90-120 minute initial consultation involves a thorough physical examination of the body, detailed medical and family history, and inquiry into subtle physical metabolic processes & mental clarity.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) utilizes the pulses on the wrist and observation of one’s tongue as important diagnostic tools. The pulse quality and tongue color offer insight into the individual’s specific disharmonies causing unwanted symptoms. The pulse and tongue will be examined upon the initial visit and will be closely monitored for change with each subsequent visit.
A TCM diagnosis is made and dietary, lifestyle, and herbal recommendations are prescribed to balance the system. Stretching, strengthening, and/or breathing exercises may be taught to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and increase mobility. Treatments such as acupuncture, moxabustion, and cupping may also be recommended based on the type of problem.
Acupuncture is a 3,000 year-old branch of holistic Chinese medicine that has been used to help millions of people find health and wellness by activating the natural, self-healing abilities of the body.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles in specific points on the body to balance the flow of the body’s energy (Qi). Acupuncture needles are very thin, thereby permitting a nearly painless insertion. You may feel some heaviness, distention, or tingling around the needle. Treatment takes approximately one hour.
As part of your initial consultation, your strength, flexibility, and coordination will be assessed. You may be instructed with strengthening and stretching exercises to reduce joint compression and pain. Breathing and relaxation exercises based on yoga principles may be recommended to reduce stress and anxiety. You will learn how to do these exercises at home or work to alleviate your pain and manage stress. Pilates and yoga-based exercise programs may be incorporated into your prescribed routine.
NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING & SUPPLEMENTS
You are what you eat! Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes the fact that everyone's body is different. While some foods and nutrients may be well tolerated by one person, they may not be digested well by another. Based on findings of your initial evaluation, foods and nutritional supplements that are appropriate for YOU will be recommended.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine has been in use for over 3,000 years. There are over 7,000 herbs identified and about 400 of these are commonly used in the United States. Herbal formulas treat a variety of ailments and are an essential adjunct to any acupuncture treatment. Herbal & nutritional supplements and subtle changes in your diet can help alleviate or eliminate your ailment. An herbal & dietary prescription will be formulated specifically for your needs.
Cupping is a Traditional Chinese treatment that uses suctioned glass cups on the skin. Cupping is excellent for reducing back and neck pain, improving circulation and digestion, and reducing muscle spasms and stress. This treatment is also used to improve the body’s ability to ward off a cold and expel phlegm once a cold has set in. Cupping is typically combined with an acupuncture treatment, but may be done alone.
Moxabustion utilizes traditional herbs to warm acupuncture points. The herbs are held over multiple acupuncture points until a warm sensation is perceived. This treatment is especially beneficial for arthritis pain, stiff joints, low energy, diarrhea, and infertility. Moxa may be performed with or without acupuncture.