Our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Consultation approaches disease and disorders as part of a greater whole rather than just treating symptoms. At Acurepoint Health Clinic, consultation is normally very thorough and employs the ancient Chinese arts of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation and observation.
The practitioner will discuss with you all of your reasons for seeking treatment. The discussion includes a summary of your body’s systems, your medical and social history, and your diet and lifestyle. A pulse and tongue diagnosis are an essential part of the consultation. The tongue is used as an indicator of body circulation, body fluid, and bodily functioning. The practitioner will observe the color, texture, and coating of the tongue. The pulse strength and rhythm is an indicator of internal health and energy flow. The practitioner will also observe your skin complexion and voice as indicators of health. There also may be palpation of your abdomen and limbs.
The practitioner will then give a treatment plan with the aim of alleviating the main symptoms and correcting the cause of the health problem or disease. The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of the complaint and how long it has been a problem. The practitioner may decide to use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as well as suggest dietary and lifestyle changes.