Chinese Medicine Treatment

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Michael uses acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including Chinese herbs and moxibustion (a localized heat treatment). TCM has been proven effective for many, many conditions.

All treatment begins with a proper diagnosis, which takes place during your first visit. Michael spends a lot of time getting a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. He examines the condition of your tongue (is it cracked, coated, excessively pink? etc.), and check your pulse on both wrists (the quality of your pulse gives information about possible imbalances). He’ll also ask questions about your emotional state, and specific symptoms you may have. Acupuncture and herbal medicine treats the whole person instead of merely focusing on the symptoms of your condition.  Michael treats the underlying cause of those symptoms.

The first visit can last 90 minutes, beginning with 60 minutes interview and diagnosis and ending with an acupuncture treatment lasting another 20-30 minutes.  Subsequent visits will be much faster – usually 60 minutes long to check in on your progress followed by an acupuncture treatment.

If it’s warranted, herbal medicine will be prescribed. Herbs are nearly always prescribed in a balanced formula, where different herbs have supporting effects. Thousands of years of use and research have shown that this is far more effective than large doses of a single substance.

Typically acupuncture treatment is usually once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be 2 to 3 times per week until the condition is out of the acute phase. The exact duration of a course of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.