During the first consultation, the practitioner determines by careful questioning the nature of the disharmony. This is done by taking details of the symptoms, past medical history, family history, lifestyle and diet. The tongue and the pulse are also examined. What the practitioner is looking for is not symptoms in isolation, but rather a pattern into which is woven a total picture of the patient.
Each person is treated as an individual, therefore even if two people have the same kind of symptoms the treatment they receive may be different as the underlying cause of the problem may not be the same. Also, the rate of change can vary between different people as their own body’s healing ability may vary. You are monitored at every consultation, and your treatment is modified regularly as your condition changes and improves.
Usually, a feeling of peace and relaxation comes during acupuncture treatment and you should be fine to travel home alone afterwards. If you are in any doubt you could take a friend with you on your first visit.