A typical initial visit lasts from 60-75 minutes. Return visits last 45-60 minutes. During this time an interview will be conducted in order to gather information regarding the chief complaint and other medical history. An exam will also be conducted which involves observing the tongue, palpating the pulse, and performing orthopedic testing. After this a treatment will be given that may include any of the modalities listed here. Treatments are most often conducted once per week for the first 4-8 weeks. A re-evaluation will then be done and treatments will then be spaced farther apart. Once the condition has been treated, maintenance visits are conducted once per month, at the change of the seasons, or when patients feel they need a “tune up”.
Acupuncture- The use of fine, stainless steel needles that penetrate the skin at specific locations on the body stimulating specific acupuncture points to correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Acupuncture needles are single use, sterile and disposed of in biohazard containers.
Chinese Herbal Medicine- An herbal formula is prescribed after a careful diagnosis of the patient has been done in accordance with the specific nature of the disorder. Herbs can be taken in various forms such as: teas, tinctures, powders, liniments, extracts, plasters, capsules, pills, etc. They are very effective in nourishing, strengthening and regulating the flow of energy throughout the body.
Chiropractic Adjustment- Manipulative techniques used to correct the functioning of the spine and other joints. Manipulations can be done either manually or with the aid of a chiropractic instrument.
Moxibustion- A technique that involves the burning of mugwort herb near specific points on the body in order to facilitate healing.
Cupping & Gua Sha- Local suction or scraping is created on the skin to help mobilize blood and qi flow and unblock the meridians of the body in order to promote healing.
Dietary Therapy- Specific programs are recommended that restore balance within the body using food therapy which recognizes the energetic properties of food and is specific for individual constitutions within the context of the different seasons.