What is involved in my treatment?
There are essentially three elements to your treatment in
Chinese medicine. The consultation, the treatment and the
The initial consultation generally takes around one hour
and is the most thorough questioning of the treatment
process. At this stage the doctor is gathering as much
information as is needed to make an accurate diagnosis. This will vary depending on your condition. In most cases the first treatment will take place at this time. For more in depth cases treatment may begin in the next session.
Follow up consultations
Subsequent consultations are generally shorter and are
aimed at determining any changes that may have occurred
since the previous treatment. This gives the doctor an
opportunity to assess how things are going and to make any
necessary changes to your treatment.
This may consist of a number of modalities depending on
the condition that is being treated. Usually if you are
having acupuncture you will spend between 15-30 minutes with the
needles retained. In this time herbs will be prepared if necessary. We endeavor to create a calm and relaxing environment for your treatment.
The doctor, based on the diagnosis will determine a
treatment plan for the patient. This should give an idea as
to the potential length of treatment, the number of courses
that may be required and the form that treatment will take.
(eg. whether the treatment will consist of acupuncture or
herbal medicine alone, a combination of the two or some
other factor including referral.)
A general rule of thumb is that for every year that you have
had a disease you can expect one month of treatment. Of
course this varies enormously depending on many different
factors. The doctor's aim is to make recovery as quick as
possible, but to give the patient a realistic idea of how long
it can take. It is important to remember that Chinese
medicine is not a magical cure, but a health system that
makes often subtle changes to the physiology of the body.
Chinese medicine generally will require a course of
treatment as with any medical system. A course of say,
acupuncture and herbal medicine is not that different to a
course of antibiotics or a series of physiotherapy treatments,
rarely is one acupuncture session enough.
A treatment plan is important so that both the doctor and
the patient have an understanding of the treatment goals, approximate time frame, cost and what is involved.