An Introduction to Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine which can understand and treat all forms of ill health and has been used for centuries.
Whether the illness is internal or external, acute or chronic; physical or emotional, the aim is to diagnose and treat the cause, and thereby relieve the symptoms. Chinese medicine has two main components: Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.


Diagnosis & Treatment


The initial diagnosis and first treatment for acupuncture and herbal medicine lasts three quarters of an hour and takes into account medical history, lifestyle, symptoms, blood pressure and diet. In addition, the pulses are also checked. There are six on each wrist and they relate to conditions of the internal organs. The tongue is also checked. The condition of the tongue, overall colour and coating, can also be used to make a diagnosis.
Subsequent treatments with acupuncture take half an hour. Herbal medicine – the prescription is usually made to last for two weeks – sometimes a prescription can be made to last longer and the cost altered accordingly.

How often will I need treatment?
The number of treatments required will depend on the severity of the condition and how long the person has had the condition.

 

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