Lincoln College, UK
Lincoln College, UK
Acu-Points, TCM, Tele-Consultation
Online consultation was thought to be a future common method of medical consultation process because it can save the time of traveling and the current internet communication allows real-time video conversation and moving image sharing. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, it was esteemed that online consultation will need another 10 years to become popular. However, the pandemic changes the landscape of medical consultation dramatically due to two reasons: the restriction of gathering, and the availability of online meeting software.
During pandemics, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners are not classified as essential medical services to treat Covid-19 patients. However, other patients need TCM, acupuncture, and herbal medicine desperately. To help the patients, we started online consultations for patients who are willing to receive Chinese herbal medicine, and willing to self-stimulate their acupoints for health benefits.
The online consultation is mostly based on Zoom, MS Team, and Google meetings whichever the patients found to be convenient. The common questions about the CC (Chief complaints) could be easily performed, and the tongue picture could be seen as well although it might not be so accurate.
Many practitioners found it difficult to check the local conditions and pulse. It was not the intention of the author to try any method of making a pulse diagnosis. However, the local check and acupuncture point check was found to be very practical, and the patients can follow the instruction to show their local condition and response.
Some common acupuncture points are very specifically linked to clinical conditions, for example, the tender sensation at LanWei points to lower abdominal pain, and DanNang to gallbladder problems.
In the presentation, the author will share the experience of how the self-check can be instructed, and how they provide extreme value in helping TCM diagnosis, and treatment plan.
Conflict of Interests:
The author reports no conflicts of interest related to this study.
Fanyi graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1983 and became a senior academic 10 years later. He has 40 years clinical experience and 30 years in teaching/researching, currently the programme leader of BSc (Hons) Acupuncture at Lincoln College.
Fanyi's practice is classic style of whole system TCM, and his research is focused on male infertility, insomnia and cancer support. More than 40 papers, 8 book chapters and 4 books were published.