More about traditional acupuncture diagnosis

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The underlying principle of traditional acupuncture is, that all the body's functions are connected by the flow of qi (or vital energy). Stress in this model is associated with a constriction or stagnation in the flow of qi. As the stagnation builds over time, the emotional difficulties experienced - agitation, depression, and mood swings, digestive disorders, feelings of distension in the chest and abdomen, and menstrual disharmonies, will slowly increase. A traditional acupuncture practitioner might also want to look at imbalances in 2 other underlying principles, namely the Yin principle and an additional quality or substance which underlies this system of medicine, Shen. Again, this has no direct equivalent in the English language, but it has to do with our ability to concentrate and focus on tasks and thought processes, and is also important in allowing us to quieten at night and to rest and sleep properly. The Yin principle is part of the double principle of yin/yang, or pairs of opposite characteristics that are seen in many instances in nature and also with physiological processes. For example activity and waking is associated with yang whereas yin is associated with sleep and rest.

The diagnostic process, as with Western doctors, is based on a formal structured system of pathology and aetiology, with the purpose of identifying the nature and cause of the imbalances in the flow of qi. This is carried out using observation, questioning and palpation. Specifically, observation of the development and strength of the body, whether wasted or thin, robust or weak, and how the patient moves, either with rapid movement or lack of movement. Questioning, will address the full medical history, and how the symptoms are affecting the quality of life of the person. With stress the acupuncturist may want to enquire specifically about sleep disturbance and commonly, the feelings of being overwhelmed. Palpation includes pulse diagnosis where the acupuncturist will read up to 28 different pulse qualities, on both wrists. By assessing the strength, depth, rhythm and rate of the pulse, different types of disharmony and imbalance of the qi can be identified. Observation also involves examining the tongue, specifically the coating and shape.

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