During your first visit Ric will hope to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. He will also take your pulse on both wrists, may examine your tongue, and may feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.
Ric will then put together your treatment plan. The focus is on treating the whole person – body mind and spirit – and not just symptoms; two people with the same Western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, or warming the points using the herb Moxa, the aim is to re-establish the free flow of ‘qi’ to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.