By choosing TCM (traditional chinese medicine), you’ve taken a great step toward a more balanced, healthy lifestyle. The ancient practices of acupuncture and TCM have helped millions of people regain and maintain their health.
Since this system of health care may be different than other care you’ve received, it’s only natural to have questions. Read on to find out what to expect – and how to get the most out of your treatments.
Acupuncture and your health
Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health. This means your practitioner will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. You will work together to find out how factors like your lifestyle and emotional and mental well-being may be affecting your health. Getting the chance to really discuss your health concerns with your care provider – and having your provider really listen – may be new to you. Think of it as your opportunity to form a partnership for better health.
The more you take part in your healing process, the more successful it will be.
Your first visit
Initial visits generally last from 60 to 90 minutes. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history and physical exam, and will provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first exam, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, and emotional states – anything that may offer insight into your health.
Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Your treatment plan
Once your acupuncturist has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that willexplain:
· Your underlying imbalances
· Your time line of care
· What types of treatment you will receive
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please show up on time
- Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns
with your acupuncturist
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least
six hours after the treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all your appointments, as each visit builds upon
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your acupuncturist can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance. Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
True Healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality. Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health. By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!