Rachel Kelley, L.Ac. has successfully treated
Adjunct therapy for Cancer & Hepatitis C
Colds & Flu
Eye pain, frequent tearing, dryness
Pain in shoulder, knee, back etc.
Threatened pregnancy and delayed labor
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As with most health practitioners, the first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. Since traditional Chinese medicine takes a more holistic approach to patient care than Western medicine, you may be asked questions that appear unimportant (questions about your sleep habits, your ability to tolerate heat or cold, your dietary habits, etc.) but are actually vital to accurate diagnosis and treatment.
These questions as well as an examination of the pulse, a major diagnostic technique in traditional Chinese medicine, and other unique physical exam elements such as examining your color, sound, tongue etc lead the practitioner to an accurate Chinese medicine diagnosis .
Using all of the information obtained during the initial interview, the practitioner will then design a treatment plan to address the root cause of your symptoms. Depending on the condition, one or more of the modalities under TCM services may be used. You can also receive an effect treatment without any needles if requested.
Expect your first visit to take between 60-75 minutes. It may take one visit or several visits to see significant improvement and restore balance. As with any treatment plan, however, make sure that your questions are answered completely, and that the treatment plan seems viable and reasonable. If you don't understand a particular technique or type of treatment, please ask!
Reprinted in part with permission from AcupunctureToday.com