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What Is It?

A consultation with your doctor is advised before any intrusive treatments (such as acupuncture or cupping) are given, or before being prescribed any herbal medicines. 

This is because Chinese Medicine is holistic, in that we know each client is unique in their illnesses and therefore must be treated in an individual and unique way. Because of this uniqueness, each client must be examined before treatment in order to get the most effective medical approach to his or her problem. 

The consultation process is aimed to correctly implement unique diagnostic methods in TCM.

How Does It Work?

The process includes a health questionnaire, body examination and a lifestyle check. The main components of the body examination include diagnosis from the tongue and pulse. 

The tongue is used as an indicator of body circulation, body fluid and bodily functioning. The physician will observe the colour, texture and coating of the tongue. 

The pulse strength and rhythm is an indicator of internal health and energy flow. The doctor will also observe your skin complexion and voice as indicators of health.


Medicine uses two diagnosis patterns: objective diagnosis and subjective diagnosis. 

Western medicine usually uses objective diagnosis whereby the physician considers the symptoms and focuses on alleviating the symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses subjective diagnosis whereby the therapist looks at the individual causes of the disease and aims to change the contributing factors in order to terminate the illness. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the view of holism, also considers the influence of seasonal and climatic changes on the human body. TCM sees disease as a temporary imbalance of the body, rather than a steadfast condition. The mental, physical and emotional aspects of a person’s being are all considered, along with functioning problems, rather than resultant problems. 

In this way, TCM is seen to be a mutual connection of information between the patient and practitioner where both parties need to share knowledge and work as a team to combat imbalance within the body. Chronic or serious health problems may require additional consultations on an average of 4-6 weeks after initial treatment.

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