One important thing to realize about Chinese medicine is that it is very different than western medicine. This can be a good thing, because quite often we will see patients who have literally spent years and thousands of dollars trying to figure out what is wrong with them, and we will, after a session or 2, tell them exactly what is going on and how to fix it. It's not that we are better, its just that looking at things from a different perspective, a different angle, is just what is needed sometimes. We don't have MRIs, or any large machines to tell us what to do, so we have to be very observant, we have to use our experience and the strength of our medical philosophy to figure out what is going on. And we will depend on your story to help us, because no one knows you or your story better than you. Chinese medicine just looks at the way the body works differently, and uses a different philosophy in general. I always tell my patients that if something strange or out of the ordinary is going on with you then go to your acupuncturist first. This is because most of the time solutions to our health issues are quite simple. The human body is a miraculous machine and most of the time it hums right along. Sometime it does have issues, but these issues are often simple to deal with. So check with your acupuncturist first.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond