A first consultation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes place in 2 main times. First of all the practitioner does a complete diagnosis according to Chinese Medicine principles. In a second time he/she proceeds to treatment through one or a combination of several methods (acupuncture, massage, herbal remedies…).
In a Chinese medicine consultation, the practitioner assesses your situation in its entire context, even if you come with a specific complaint. To do this he uses a set of diagnostic principles such as:
- observation: complexion, demeanor, movement, voice, bodily sounds…
- interrogation: family & living environment, eating habits, digestion, sleeping…
- palpation & chinese pulse
Throughout this investigation the practitioner identifies imbalances in your complete energy system. These imbalances manifest by patterns of disharmony (cold/hot, excess/deficiency…).
Once the TCM practitioner has made a diagnosis, he chooses a strategy to bring back harmony. When harmony is back, the disorders and troubles vanish automatically. In simple words, the TCM practitioner seeks to remove what is excessive and to replenish what is deficient.
The TCM practitioner focuses on the patient, not on the disease. As a result, the treatment is personalized. He uses a combination of several methods: acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine… When necessary the treatment will include as well patient’s education and lifestyle counseling.