The therapy begins with an in-depth initial consultation: In addition to an assessment of the the ailments and symptoms, this includes the patient's medical history, as well as lifestyle factors, personal preferences and general constitution.

A detailed examination of the pulse and tongue form an important part of the initial consultation.

Dr Astrid Hergarten in her consulting room feeling the pulse of a patient

The tongue provides an insight as to the functioning and status of the organs, whilst the pulse provides information as to the patient's vitality and Qi status.

These examinations provide me with a holistic picture of the patient's constitution and Qi levels. This forms the basis for the diagnosis and an individually tailored treatment plan. The treatment plan will typically include a series of Chinese acupuncture treatments, a Chinese herbal tea prescription and/or dietary advice based on the principles of TCM.