Your Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner makes a diagnosis using a number of diagnostic procedures. The diagnosis focuses on finding blockages and imbalances of Qi in the body. These methods are very different from what patients are used to experiencing when they see a Western physician and at first may seem a bit strange, although for centuries these methods have proven to be reliable.
A sensitive, in-depth analysis of different positions of the pulse reveals imbalances in the bodies in the form of excess, deficiency and disharmonies of Qi, and which organs are involved.
Looking at the patient's complexion, coloring, hair texture and appearance, condition of the skin, listening to the sound of the voice, it’s tone and pitch, whether its loud or soft, can help confirm the diagnosis
The condition of the tongue can reveal imbalances in the body. The color of the body and underside of the tongue, as well as the color and thicknesss of the coat on the tongue are noted and included when making the diagnosis. Don’t be surprised when your Acupuncturist asks you not to brush your tongue for several days before your appointment!
Palpation for tender points on specific areas of the body is a way to identify areas that are problematic. Tenderness in certain areas can relate to problems in specific body areas or body functions.
The Patient Interview
It is important to understand the patient's medical history, lifestyle, diet and overall well being because these can contribute to imbalances in Qi, leading to disease and illness.
Additional Procedures May Be Used
Needling is typically the main part of an acupuncture treatment but there are other therapies that can be used by the Acupuncturist to treat various conditions.
When selecting whether or not to use additional therapies for a patient, the acupuncturist will consider the patient's age, physical constitution, the desired effect, patient symptoms and disease and the acupuncturist’s preference.
These different treatments may include
- Herbal Therapy, consisting of patent herbal medicine, powder or raw herb formulations
- Press ball application
- Gua Sha
- Cupping/Sliding Cups
- Heat Treatment, usually with a heat lamp
- Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage)
- Qi Gong
For more information on how Acupuncture can help you, give us a call or stop by for a free 15 minute consultation!