VISITING A TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

July 4, 2018

Whether you are about to experience your initial visit to a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, or you have seen a TCM in the past, these guidelines are a solid course to follow before you walk into the TCM waiting room. For many patients, writing down symptoms and questions they might want to ask the practitioner is always a good idea.

Consultation Questions

The TCM practitioner will commence by asking you questions about your physical conditions. Many initial consultations take from 60 to 90 minutes. The doctor’s inquiries will include these topics:

  • Chills and fever
  • Perspiration
  • Appetite, thirst, and taste
  • Defecation and urination
  • Pain
  • Sleep
  • The sex and reproductive systems
  • Obtaining children’s disease history and changing body issues
  • Head and body
  • Hearing
  • Chest
  • Changes due to a medicinal intake
  • Menses
  • Diabetes

Patient questions might include:

  • How long will treatment sessions last?
  • Am I eating the proper foods?
  • Will you recommend specific dietary changes?
  • What is my treatment plan?
  • Will you treat my entire health and wellbeing conditions?

Treatment Options

The treatments recommended by your doctor could include the following procedures:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal medicine
  • Patient education
  • Lifestyle counselling
  • Moxibustion – The burning of moxa against the skin to treat pain or illness.
  • Therapeutic massages and others.

Expectations

In a research article for Biomed Central (BMC), published in 2017, the authors interviewed experienced TCM practitioners. Since TCM treatment outcomes are concerned with understanding patients’ biophsychosocial health and not a single disease or symptom, the overall health of a patient is seen in TCM as the central issue. One TCM practitioner involved in the experiment said:

Relief from the patients’ chief complaints is the main criteria for evaluating effectiveness. The patient often takes the initiative in telling us what he is concerned about and most anxious to improve, which is the most important part of the assessment of therapeutic effects.

Another added:

TCM treatment has beneficial effects on patients’ general well-being and functioning. When physical symptoms are relieved, moods usually also improve, and patients’ happiness index increases. This creates a continuous positive feedback.

The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM)

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