Chinese Medicine treats the person, not just the disease and its symptoms. This holistic approach means that a Chinese Medicine practitioner place heavy emphasis on identifying internal patterns of disharmony. Chinese Medicine sees the underlying disharmony as the root, whereas the disease itself is merely the manifestation or branch. Of course treating the chief complaint takes priority in the initial treatment plan, eventually resolving the root of the disease is the key to long term relief.
Be prepared to face in-depth questioning in your first consultation. You will be asked about things which you do not think relates to your chief complaint, such as your emotional state, sleeping patterns, diet, even bowel habits. As part of an ancient diagnostic regimen, the practitioner will also check your tongue and feel your pulse. The abdomen and selected body areas are sometimes palpated.
It is essential to list down Western medications and natural supplements you are currently taking. Always helpful if you bring the medical report or any scan results relevant to the condition being treated.