A: The first visit lasts one and a half hours. During this time the doctor will take a detailed history of your health concerns. They may use Chinese medicine diagnostic tools such as tongue and pulse diagnosis to get a more clear picture of your current health. They will spend time explaining the overall goals of natural medicine, which center around treating the underlying condition and restoring physiology. The doctor will then explain their assessment, which summarizes the center of gravity of your ailments and explains how to begin treating you. A treatment plan will be devised and time will be spent to ensure understanding of the approach. This treatment plan often includes detailed nutrition recommendations, herbal medicine, homeopathic remedies, hydrotherapy treatments, acupuncture and lifestyle modifications.