In addition to a detailed history, the Acupuncture Clinician must make use of all the available senses in determining the state of well-being of the patient. Notice the individual's presence in stature, color of skin, temperature of body, tone or strength of voice; these are among the tell tale signs of the patient's hidden condition.
Most acupuncture diagnosticians use the twelve meridian pulse points of the wrist (combined 6 superficial and 6 deep points)to assess the internal and overall health of an individual.
The quality of the pulse can reveal a great deal about the nature of disease. The pulse may present as deep or superficial, weak or strong, full or empty, loose or tight.
The pulse points are an integral aspect of Oriental Medicine. The meridians are coupled and connected just as the Yin and Yang are inseparable. Kidney/Bladder, Liver/Gallbladder, Heart/Small Intestine, Lung/Large Intestine, Pericardium/Triple Burner, Spleen/Stomach are likewise interdependent and interconnected.
Just as the pulse is an important tool in the accurate assessment of energetic imbalances within the body; so too is the quality and character of the tongue a vital component of the Oriental Healer's diagnostic repertoire.
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