Before we meet for your first consultation, I will ask you to complete and return to me a Patient Intake Form (click to download word document) either by completing it onscreen and emailing it back to me or by printing, completing it by hand and bringing it with you to your first consultation. This form will be the basis of our discussion when we first meet as the information it contains will help me understand your condition, its impact on your life, and treatment(s) you have received for it. I will also ask you to email me (or bring with you to your first consultation) the results of any relevent blood test or other medical investigation.
At your first consultation, I will ask you additional questions about your day-to-day routine and if there are other symptoms that might be linked to your condition. While addressing your primary concern, we might discover other areas that need attention.
Unique to Chinese medicine are the pulse and tongue readings taken as part of every consultation and treatment. The quality, rhythm and rate of your pulse, and the colour and state of your tongue, provide important information about your general health and are used to help inform your treatment.
At the end of your first consultation, I will tell you:
- how Chinese medicine could help you, the most appropriate treatment plan for you and what to expect from treatment, including an indication of how quickly you might see an improvement. A key focus of Chinese medicine is to increase personal awareness of wellbeing and I will seek to highlight any self-help measures and life-style changes you should be making that will support your treatment; and
- how Chinese herbs (if prescribed) can be taken. If your health concern is especially serious, infectious or recalcitrant I might prescribe dried herbs for you to boil and drink like soup or, for other situations, I might suggest you take them as a tea or tincture. Alternatively, I might make an external preparation for you to rub into your skin, soak into your hands or feet or inhale as an essential oil. These are the most common methods for taking herbs.
Depending on the health concern, some patients who come to see me are also actively under the care of their GP or other medical consultants. In these circumstances, I am always happy to discuss how Chinese medicine can fit with other treatments you’re receiving, or how it can prepare you for any scheduled medical treatment. The aim is to develop a treatment plan appropriate for your needs, and to ensure it complements other medical treatments and your lifestyle.