The traditional diagnosis element of the first consultation uses techniques developed over thousands of years to help establish and formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan.
The initial consultation and traditional diagnosis can take up to 2 hours. During this time Jenny will take a comprehensive medical and lifestyle history from you and will obtain a comprehensive history regarding the condition/complaint for which you are seeking Acupuncture treatment.
The Traditional diagnosis element of the first consultation uses techniques developed over thousands of years to help establish and formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. These techniques usually consist of pulse taking, this is not dissimilar to how a Doctor or Nurse takes your pulse but in Traditional Acupuncture the pulses are taken on both wrists and we do this to assess the flow of energy. Tongue diagnosis is also used where the tongue is observed to assess its colour and shape alongside other factors. These are both non invasive procedures with nothing to be concerned about.
As each Acupuncture treatment is completely individualised it is impossible to say where exactly on the body Acupuncture needles would be given at the first treatment prior to the consultation.
The Acupuncture needles used are sterile, used once only and are disposed of in accordance with Health and Safety guidelines. The needles are extremely fine, much finer than those used to give injections or to take blood, in fact many are as fine as a strand of hair.
In conjunction with acupuncture needling Jenny may use moxibustion to complement and enhance the treatment. Moxa treatment is non invasive and not at all painful or uncomfortable. Moxa, a dried herb, is applied to warm an acupuncture point to encourage the flow of Qi/energy and maybe used on its own or prior to needling.
Following the initial consultation and treatment subsequent treatments usually last 45 mins to one hour. As a general guide most patients will require 4 – 5 treatments, this is a general guide as each patient is seen and treated as an individual. Importantly there is no obligation to continue treatment and at each appointment a review is made as to how treatment is progressing.
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