Louise Demorest Richmond acupuncture

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Richmond, BC
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

What to Expect From a TCM or Acupuncture Treatment

Richmond Acupuncture Doctor Louise
Being informed and understanding what to expect from the TCM process from the beginning will make you feel more comfortable about the experience.

Determine Your Goals

Are you looking for someone who will work with your current physician and offer effective pain management treatments? Are you seeking short-term treatment for a specific complaint or do you want a prevention-oriented, holistic approach to the health of mind, body and spirit that acupuncture and Eastern Medicine can provide? Do you have a work-related injury that is covered by Workers’ Compensation? Or do you have an ICBC related claim? You will be asked to complete an intake form to pinpoint your goals and offer a complete medical history.

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A TCM doctor’s diagnosis is determined in part using methods similar to other health care practitioners. In TCM, the diagnostic process is made up of four areas - known as the Four Examinations. These are: Tongue Diagnosis acupuncture
  • Looking: complexion, eyes, tongue, nails, hair, gait, stature and affect
  • Hearing & Smelling: sound of voice and breath, odor of breath, skin
  • Interrogation/asking: current complaints, health history, family health history, patterns of sleep, appetite, digestion, bowel movement, bladder, sweat, pain, emotional features, lifestyle features and gynecological features
  • Touching: palpation of the body to discover body temperature, body moisture, pain; and taking of the pulse in different locations
The practitioner should explain the nature of your problem, the recommended treatment plan and an anticipated outcome.
Acupuncture Treatment

Treatment Procedures

Acupuncture is the most commonly used TCM technique. Modern acupuncture needles are stainless steel, pre-sterilized, nontoxic and used only once. When the needles are tapped into the skin there may not be any sensation; but hands, feet and ears are sometimes sensitive. Needles are typically placed in several acu-points and are usually left in about 30 minutes. The goal is to stimulate the energy point, which encourages the body’s natural healing process. Stimulation can be done by rotating the needles manually or attaching electrodes to send a weak electric current through the needles (electro-acupuncture). Dr. Demorest also prescribes herbal formulas proven to aid in the treatment of pain and encourage ongoing health.

Other TCM techniques used may include: moxibustion (burning herbs to warm acupoints), cupping (suction), ear acupuncture, acupressure, and herbology.The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your health condition. Two or three treatments may be sufficient for an acute condition, while a series of treatments may be needed to resolve chronic conditions. Some degenerative conditions may require ongoing treatments over a long period of time.

Patients should evaluate their progress after each session with their TCM doctor.