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When you come for a Chinese Medicine consultation at the Chinese Natural Treatment Clinic you are given an initial and thorough examination. A Chinese Medicine consultation will include questions about your symptoms and lifestyle. Your TCM practitioner at our practice will also undertake a tongue examination, whereby your tongue will be looked at for signs of imbalance. Then your practitioner will also take your pulse. Pulse diagnosis in Chinese Medicine is very important and your TCM practitioner will be able to discover a lot about your health from this.
After this thorough examination is completed, your TCM practitioner will formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan, which will include a combination of Chinese Medicine therapies to energise and bring your body back to harmony and balance, thus allowing healing to take place. The treatment will be a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and in some cases Tuina massage or other methods.
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“The exterior reflects the interior”This is the guiding principle in diagnosis. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners utilize many parts of the body which are directly accessible by touch or sight.
Since the balance of the whole organism is the basis of the medicine, a useful diagnosis will account for the condition of all parts (and their relationships) of the human being. This requires gathering enough information to understand the context of the person. Listening to both what is said and how it’s said are also of primary importance. The examination is thus very thorough and includes an extensive interview.
Tongue diagnosis dates to the Shang Dynasty which began c.1600 B.C. and ended c.1000. Throughout the time since it has evolved into a very important tool of diagnosis.
The tongue is considered to be an exterior part of the body because it’s in almost contact with the air – the exterior. An acupuncturist or herbalist will, in the mind’s eye, overlay a tongue with several different maps. Each map is shaped by the diagnostic model or system which it represents.
The diagram on the left represents the internal organs. The centre diagram represents the body as having three parts – upper burner, middle burner, and lower burner. The diagram on the right represents the body as having two parts – interior and exterior.
The practitioner examines the general and local shape, and the colour of both the tongue body and coat. A healthy tongue will be pink (like a kitten or puppy’s tongue) and moist with a thin clear or white coat. Thin is defined as a coat through which the tongue body can be seen. Some signs of imbalance or pathology are red body, yellow coat, thick coat like mozzarella cheese, very dry body or cracks in the coat or body itself.
The oldest known book to focus specifically on pulse diagnosis is The Pulse Classic by Dr. Wang Shu-He which dates to sometime in the first century C.E. A compilation of pulse knowledge, it is tersely worded but still over 350 pages in length.
These days pulses are felt at the inside of the wrist where the hand and arm meet. More precisely the first pulse is at the wrist crease on the radial side of the medial aspect of the forearThe Chinese Medicine Sampler m over the radial artery. The other two are just proximal (toward the elbow) to the first.
In addition to three positions there are three depths. Together they total nine places with valuable diagnostic information on each wrist. There are twenty-eight qualities of pulse which a practitioner must be alert for. Different combinations of pulses also have diagnostic significance. The number of possibilities allows fine distinctions in interpreting the gathered information.
Many in the profession consider pulse-reading an art that demands assiduous study and innate talent. Certainly the skill of a physician who can tell a patient抯 lifetime medical history from pulse-reading is not common. But pulse-reading skill varies like skill with a musical instrument. Study and talent are both factors but their proportions differ from person to person. Contrary to myth, a practitioner need not have spent twenty years in apprenticeship in order to make productive use of pulse-reading.
This method dates to at least 300 BC – 500 BC. Visual characteristics are mentioned in The Yellow Emperor‘s Classic of Internal Medicine. The practitioner observes the entire body. The most general criterion for significance is abnormality. Raises and depressions in places they should not be are significant. Dry or damp patches mean imbalance. Facial colours than glowing pink are a sign of imbalance. General and local colour are also important. For instance, a saffron like yellow around the navel indicates severe deficiency of the spleen.
There are also systems of correspondence between the face and other parts of the body. For example, one system associates the major regions of the face with the Yin organs. The Heart is reflected by the forehead and the Kidneys are reflected by the chin. Another system uses the area surrounding the eyes and yet another is based on regions on the eye itself.
This method is also mentioned in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. The practitioner listens to the respiration and voice. Both are a reflection of the Lung functions and the state of the Qi. A strong voice indicates a healthy amount of Qi and a weak voice indicates Qi Deficiency. Smooth as opposed to halting speech or inability to speak at all reflects the Heart or Liver condition. The Five Element qualities shouting-laughing-singing-crying-groaning, give strong signs about the balance of the elements.
The presence and qualities of odors from the person are also indicative of imbalance. There are four types that are commonly of interest to the practitioner: body scent, breath, stool odor, urine odor. Particularly strong or repulsive odors signify Heat or Fire. The lack of odor when there should be an odor signifies Cold. The Five element smells, goatish, burnt, sweet, rank, and rotten are clues to which element is imbalanced.
Interestingly it isn’t what the practitioner perceives but the smell itself. The patient, friends or relatives will often report smelling the odor.