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What To Expect

The first consultation will last approximately 30 minutes. Further consultations will depend on your response to the treatment. On your first visit you will be provided with a patient booklet in which to record:

  • Your symptoms
  • Any nutritional advice
  • Details of your treatment
  • How to take the medication


The aim of Tibetan medicine is to restore the body to a state of balance. Any imbalance is primarily detected by examining your pulse. This is a much more refined process than the traditional Western approach of simply counting the number of heart beats per minute.

A Tibetan doctor uses the pulse to “listen in” to the workings of the entire body, including all the major organs. The doctor may also make further examinations, including urine analysis.


The doctor may suggest changes in lifestyle and diet in order to improve your health and to try and alleviate symptoms.

Herbal medication, if prescribed, will be in the form of powders or pills.

Occasionally the doctor may advise acupuncture or moxibustion, usually in short courses or consecutive days. Moxibustion uses heated herbs on specific points similar to those used in acupuncture.