HEAD: headache, migraine, dizziness, trigeminal neuralgia

MOTOR SYSTEM: rheumatic, arthritic, backache, sciatica, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, sprains, paralysis and facial paralysis

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: stomach and duodenal ulcer, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, hepatitis, gall bladder problems

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, recurrent colds

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: palpitations, pain or heaviness over the heart area, enlarged heart, hypertension, low blood pressure and poor circulation

URINARY SYSTEM: bladder infection, bladder irritation and spasm, lack of control of the bladder, nephritis, prostatitis

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: painful periods, irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, low libido, endometriosis and infertility

EAR, NOSE, THROAT AND EYES: sinusitis, hay fever, tonsillitis and laryngitis SKIN: acne, eczema, hives, psoriasis, shingles

NERVOUS SYSTEM: stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia

GENERAL STATE: fatigue, low immunity, M.E, overweight, smoking addiction, Candida, diabetes, thyroid problems

Dr. Kelly Kong May
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Practitioner
PR No. 1050000222399

Dr Kelly obtained her Bachelor Degree of Medicine from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1994. She then completed a Post-Graduate course majoring in Acupuncture in 1995.

She worked in Shanghai Longhua Hospital as a resident doctor and lecturer. She came to South Africa in 1997 and built her own thriving practice in Greenside, Johannesburg. She is also a lecturer and consultant in Chinese Herbal Products.

At your first visit
Please bring the names and dosages of your medications, copies of any relevant test results and medical documents pertaining to your health concerns. There is an extensive list of questions that will be asked by the doctor regarding your history, current complaints and overall health status. A complete physical examination will then be performed. The information obtained from these procedures contributes to the overall diagnosis and enables the doctor to plan a suitable course of treatment. A standard consultation takes 15-30 minutes to complete. If receiving first treatment right after the initial consultation, the appointment will then last about one hours.

Treatment Course
The number of treatments necessary depends upon the nature, depth and seriousness of the disorder. Other influencing factors include your response to the treatment and how will you follow the Doctors recommendations. Quite often patients should notice some positive changes in their health within six treatments. However, it is important to remember that everybody has a different rate and pattern of recovery.

Once the course of treatment is complete, you may need to return if symptoms re-occur, or if new ones develop. In addition, further treatment for maintenance care or for preventative health measures may be advised.

Qi /Energy (pronounced as Chi)
The concept of Qi is based on the ancient Chinese understanding of natural phenomena. That is, Qi is the most basic substance of which the world is comprised. Everything in the universe results from the movements and changes of Qi. Qi is the life force. Qi flows through 14 main meridians forming a network within the body, so that they work as one unit. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ, which follows a set pathway in the body. When a person is healthy, the Qi moves smoothly through the meridians. If however, the flow is blocked or the flow is too weak or too strong, then illness occurs.

YIN and YANG
Yin and Yang are an ancient Chinese philosophical concept. Yin and Yang are the two fundamental principles or forces in the universe, ever opposing and supplementing each other. For example: day and night, hot and cold, outside and inside, movement and stability, rising and falling, woman and man, summer and winter, etc. When YIN and YANG within the body are mutually supportive and in balance, the body is healthy.

FIVE ELEMENTS
According to the theory of five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water are five basic substances that constitute the material world. These substances are not only of the relations with generation and restriction but set in a state of constant motion and change. In the human body five elements are linked with the five organs: wood-liver, fire-heart, earth-spleen, metal-lung, and water-kidney.

DIAGNOSIS
It is based on the Four Examinations: Observation, Odor, Questioning, and Pulse- Taking to gather the information about the patient's lifestyle, diet, medical history and emotional state, as well as thorough examination of the patient's tongue and pulse. The strength and rhythm and quality of the pulse indicate the energy of different organs and state of the disease. The tongue through its shape, color and coating indicate the nature, progress and severity of the illness.

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