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Tailored Individual Healtcare with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Before proposing any treatment plan, Jo will take into account not only the patient's body, but also their mind, diet, exercise, external environment and lifestyle. At the Clinic, we use Chinese herbs, acupuncture and dietary modifications to resolve any imbalances and restore depleted energy.

What to expect from a treatment:

Jo George Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner
Jo George
MBAc; MSc CHM; BSc (Hons)
Traditional Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Fully insured Member of The British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

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Your first consultation

During your first visit Jo needs to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about your current symptoms and your medical history, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. Women are also asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth.

You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but the information you give helps Jo to form a more complete picture of your health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will also take your pulse on both wrists and may examine your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.

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Your main health complaint

When talking about your main complaint, Jo might ask you to describe in your own words what the symptoms feel like and how severe they are. You may also be asked how long you have been having the symptoms, whether they are constant or intermittent and how frequent they are. You should mention any medication that you are taking and whether you have tried any other therapies.

In order to make a diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine theory and to find the right treatment approach, Jo will also want to know more specific details.

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Treatment plan and treatment

Based on all the information you have given, Jo will make a diagnosis and put together your individual treatment programme, usually consisting of Chinese herbal medication and/or acupuncture, lifestyle and dietry advice. The herbal prescription may vary depending on the patient's needs at each stage of the treatment process. Chinese herbal medicine is undemanding, fits easily into a normal routine and can be adapted so that patients can continue treatment while away from home on business trips or holidays.

During an acupuncture treatment Jo uses very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.

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Lifestyle advice

Jo is also likely to suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatment. This may involve making changes to your diet and daily routine. If necessary Jo will refer you to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care.

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Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy and should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use heavy machinery straight after your treatment.

You should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and, ideally, give yourself a little time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment.

Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting such as bruising which is painless and generally clears within a day or two.

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