During the first consultation a full medical history is taken; any specific health concerns are discussed, and the tongue and pulse are examined. A diagnosis is formulated and an individual treatment plan is prescribed.
Needles are inserted and retained for 20mins. Depending on the diagnosis, moxibustion (burning of the herb, Artemisia) may be applied simultaneously.
Very fine needles are used - not like hyperdermic needles. Everyone responds differently to treatment. Some experience a tingling or heavy feeling; others, a short pricking sensation.
Many experience a deep sense of relaxation or relief from pain.
Only single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used at BaDao clinic.