A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) evaluation is a special approach to medical diagnosis. It involves asking many detailed questions about your general health, and may include feeling the quality of your pulse, and examination of hair, skin, nails, and even your tongue.
A TCM evaluation is designed to help identify the root cause of a condition. For some, this is a simple process with a simple solution. However, the average person has a number of health concerns occurring simultaneously.
Western medicine frequently views each symptom as it's own condition, each requiring its own medication. In TCM, we look for patterns that connect symptoms together, in an effort to identify a common, underlying cause. From there, we move forward to treat the symptoms while simultaneously addressing the root cause to restore health and balance.
Basic TCM Evaluation (10-20 min)
For fairly straight-forward conditions. Not much time is needed to diagnosis your primary concern and formulate a treatment plan. Treatment for these types of conditions usually only require 1-6 acupuncture sessions, and may sometimes include cupping, massage therapy, x-rays or MRIs and possibly herbs or supplements. Examples of some conditions included in this level of evaluation are: Injuries, cold/flu, Shingles, sciatica, osteoarthritis of the knees, etc. However, some cases are more complex than others and may require a amore advanced evaluation.
Advanced TCM Evaluation (21-45 min)
For more complex cases, or for those with overlapping conditions. More time is needed to ask questions and formulate a care plan. Lab work and imaging might need to be ordered. Acupuncture, herbs, supplements, and other therapies are typically incorporated into the treatment plan. Treatment for these types of conditions usually require about 12 sessions followed by maintenance visits.. Examples of some conditions included in this level of evaluation might be: Migraines, hormonal imbalance, digestive disorders, neuralgia, etc. However, some cases are more complex than others and may require a comprehensive evaluation.
Comprehensive TCM Evaluation (46-60 min)
Some cases are challenging. Especially where there are multiple conditions manage. These visits can take up to an hour (sometimes more) of one-on-one contact with your provider. Lab work is often required. Examples of some conditions included in this level of evaluation might be: MS, Hashimoto's, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness, Parkinson's, etc.
Treatment for these types of conditions usually requires about 12-18 sessions, followed by maintenance visits. Herbs and supplements are generally incorporated into the treatment plan.
Some cases are complicated, requiring additional one-on-one time with your practioner, and may require your practioner to conduct research, discuss your case with other specialists, require referrals, etc., requiring an extended TCM evaluation. Treatment for these types of conditions require a combination of therapies, tailored to your individual needs.
Extended TCM Evaluation (61-80 min)
Some cases are complicated, requiring additional one-on-one time with your practioner, or may require your practioner to conduct research, discuss your case with other specialists, require referrals, etc. Treatment for these types of conditions requires a combination of therapies, tailored to your individual needs.
If your case is complex, it may take several months to pinpoint the root cause of your condition, and and we may never determine the cause. You may need consultations with other specialists and even repeat testing as necessary.
Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis
These evaluation methods are used in determining the state of your health, or progress you’ve made during your course of treatment.
Why the tongue? The tongue shows the depth and nature of the imbalance present in the body. As a person’s condition improves, changes in the tongue are typically seen as well. Tongue diagnosis is an important part of a TCM evaluation, especially for complex illnesses, and when prescribing herbal remedies. Click here to learn more.
Pulse diagnosis. In Western medicine, the pulse is only a minor diagnostic tool. In TCM, pulse diagnosis is an important step in understanding your overall health. Pulse quality provides your practioner with a better understanding of the state of balance of the body as a whole. Click here to learn more.
Evaluation fees do not include the cost of treatment.