When you go see your PCP, you are going for a specific reason, much like coming to see your Licensed Acupuncturist. When you tell them for example that you have a runny nose and a cough. He is going to assess that you may have a common cold. He is going to prescribe you some drugs, potentially an antibiotic that you have to take for 10 days. All of this occurring within 3 - 10 minutes. When you come see me, I am going to spend time asking questions about chills and fever, scratchy throat, color of any nasal discharge or phlegm. I am going to look at your tongue and pay attention to your tongue coat, as it informs me about you as an individual and what type of "wind invasion" you have and how I am going to treat it. I take your pulse as well. Armed with that information, I then know how I am going to treat you and what herbal formulas I may recommend that you take to release and expel the "wind invasion". I will spend a minimum of 1 hour with you instead of the 3 - 10 minutes. Comments or Questions?