At the initial appointment, patients complete a health history questionnaire. The acupuncturist then interviews the patient, asking about his or her primary health concern, lifestyle habits, diet, emotions, menstrual cycle, stress, and sensitivity to foods, temperature, and seasons.
After the interview, the acupuncturist determines a diagnosis and begins treatment. Since Chinese medicine treats the root cause of the disorder, treatment time varies. Usually around 3-9 appointments is necessary. However, many conditions take years to develop as a result of poor eating habits, rigorous athletic training, or respiratory disorders. Chronic conditions, such as these, take longer to treat but respond very well to Chinese medicine.