What happens during your first consultation?
Listening to all your health concerns and gathering information
If you have never had an holistic treatment before, you will probably be pleasantly surprised by the experience. In my consultations, clients have often said that they feel it's the first time that someone's really listened to them and taken their symptoms seriously. This is probably because, in holistic healing, every aspect of your health is important, and all the symptoms that you choose to tell me about, no matter how minor, will be taken into account when I treat you. Seemingly unrelated symptoms can point in the direction of treatment. This initial consult typically takes from one and a half to two hours.
Taking full details of your health history
In your first consultation, I would usually start by asking about your main complaint. I would then ask you a series of questions about other symptoms that you may or may not have. These would be symptoms that I think may be related in some way to your main complaint. If you have already submitted the intake forms online, I will have already studied these and as questions specific to the information provided. During this process, I would also ask you about any major illness that you've had throughout your life.
I will also request any recent laboratory blood work you may have done. Also included in the initial consult fee are various labs which test for common nutrient deficiencies, such as Vitamin D, Red Blood Cell (not serum) Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Folate, and more...
This process, together with my observations about your complexion, general manner and appearance, would enable me to start forming my diagnosis. All of the on-line presubmitted forms will have already given me an idea of how to conduct the questioning during this initial consult. Request Appointment Online
Tongue and pulse examination
Reading pulses during an acupuncture treatment.
I would also take your pulses and examine your tongue. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these are important diagnostic tools.
When I take your pulses, this process is quite different from having your pulse taken in Western medicine. I will be feeling the quality of your pulses, rather than simply the speed. I will also be feeling your pulses in three different positions on each of your wrists. This will enable me to gauge how well each of your major organs are functioning, and whether there are any imbalances between them. Looking at your tongue will also give me a similar insight.
Making a full Chinese Medicine diagnosis
I would then put all these factors together to form my diagnosis, which I would discuss with you, doing my best to answer any questions that you have.
In addition to Eastern diagnostic techniques, I also make full use of Western medicine diagnostic methods. My approach is a multi-dimensional one in which all levels are addressed in order to facilitate true healing using a variety of natural medicine modalities and the best of Western diagnostics. On your follow-up consult you receive a 20 page report tailored to your specific imbalances and health issues. This Consult Summary will also include nutritional and lifestyle modifications necessary to get you to optimal health!
labs included(mAY VARY DEPENDING ON INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND CLINICAL PRESENTATION - all included in intitial consult fee):
Blood and Urine Analysis
- Uric Acid
- CBC (Includes WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet Count, MPV and Differential (Absolute and Percent - Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophils, and Basophils)
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
- Lipid Panel
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (Includes Albumin, Albumin/Globulin Ratio (calculated), Alkaline Phosphatase, ALT, AST, BUN/Creatinine Ratio (calculated), Calcium, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride, Creatinine with GFR Estimated, Globulin (calculated), Glucose, Potassium, Sodium, Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, Urea Nitrogen
- Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT)
- Hemoglobin A1c with eAG
- Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy, Total, Immunoassay
- THYROID TESTING
- T4 Free (FT4)
- T3 Free (FT3)
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies
- Urinalysis, Complete with reflex to culture