is involved in an Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
initial consultation includes questioning on many things including
your medical history, current medications and present day complaints.
This will be followed
by the traditional pulse & tongue diagnosis where your the pulse
on both your arms is taken along with a quick inspection of your
Once the practitioner
has acquired all this information from you they will then decide
on a diagnosis and a treatment principal.
The treatment can
usually last anywhere between 10-60 minutes depending on the practitioners
There are many different
types of treatment methods available to the practitioner. Here are
just some of the may options available that may be used during your
The five major treatment
methods of TCM:
1. Acupuncture and Moxibustion
- The inserting of fine needles into acupoints on your body.
(Moxa) - The use of the herb mugwort to heat acupoints.
- The use of fine intradermal needles on specific ear acupuncture
points. The needles are covered in a tape and can be worn after
your treatment for up to 3 days.
- The use of a small electric current used in conjunction with
a needle for different manipulation of acupoints.
- The use of laser light to stimulate acupuncture points. Great
for children or for those not wanting needles.
2. Chinese Dietary Therapy
Specific foods have individual therapeutic properties. A particular food can be used not only to maintain health but also to contribute towards the treatment of a patient.
3. Chinese Herbal Medicine
use of a herbal formula may be an option as part of treatment.
4. Exercise Therapy
Internal (Meditation, Qi Gong)
External (Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Martial Arts)
5. Manual Therapies
TCM remedial massage (Tuina, Shiatsu, Acupressure)
Cupping (Guan Fa)
||Cupping - The
use of glass suction cups placed on certain regions of the body.
Spooning (Gua Sha)
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