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A Typical Chinese Medicine Treatment

Every patient is different, and therefore so is each treatment, however it is helpful to know what an “average” treatment course might look like.

Initial Assessment

Initial visit focus on getting a thorough understanding of your health picture, starting with the condition for which you are attending, but including your general physical condition (potentially including some aspects which you may not think are related to your main complaint), your diet and lifestyle and emotional/mental health.

Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbs

The majority of treatments usually involve both herbal medicine and acupuncture, although some conditions require only one or the other.

Read more about acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Program Recommendation & Examples

At the conclusion of your initial consultation, you will often be provided with an outline of what your treatment will entail. Generally speaking, the more chronic (long standing) your condition, the longer it is likely to take to treat. This is simply to give you an idea of what might be involved with treatment.

A patient presenting with back and neck pain (perhaps related to a sedentary office job or a sports injury) might be treated with acupuncture twice a week for 2 weeks, then weekly for an additional 4 weeks. Perhaps no herbal medicine would be prescribed in this case.

A patient presenting with a long standing case of chronic fatigue syndrome might be treated for between 6 and 12 months. This may involve taking herbs daily for the duration of the treatment, and acupuncture, if required, weekly initially then spacing out to fortnightly then monthly.