Chinese Medicine is the blanket term which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diet Therapy, Exercise Counseling, and Lifestyle Counseling. These modalities make up a system that treats and prevents illness, and interfaces with the Western Medical understanding of the body. Many conditions that are often overlooked or considered sub-clinical or insignificant by Western medical practitioners can be benefited by the use and implementation of Chinese Medicine. In many cases getting treatment - whether it be acupuncture, bodywork/massage, or herbal prescription - can increase the effectiveness of the treatment you are already receiving from a Western MD.
I consider the biggest part of what I do to be listening. When we listen - and this means using all of the senses to fully grasp the person before us - great things happen. And so part of what you will experience under my care is asking and answering questions about what brings you to me and the willingness and desire to feel and be better.
The way I do diagnosis is something that sets me apart and one of the ways that I gather information about my patient is by palpating the 'organ' channels below the elbows and knees to get an understanding of where dysfunction resides within the body. By doing this (in addition to taking the pulse, looking at the tongue and complexion, and listening not just to what is said but how it's said), I am able to understand how to proceed to treat the immediate condition - or chief complaint - while understanding the backdrop of the individual's health concerns or constitution.
I like to - and generally do as a rule - get results!