When you come for acupuncture treatment there is a list things you may expect a practitioner will be interested in establishing to build the best picture of you and your condition.
- Interview – most acupuncture practitioners will like to hear about your symptoms in your own words. They will ask precise questions to help them establish most detailed picture of your condition, main and secondary complaints, your emotional state e.t.c.
- Pulse taking – sensual acuity of Chinese Medicine practitioner helps him/her to have insight into the state of your energetic balance. Pulse taking skill is a very important diagnostic tool and allows experienced acupuncturist to assess the state of your Qi (vital energy), blood and possible pathogenic factors present on the day of the treatment.
- Looking at tongue – our tongues reflect what is going on inside of our body and in the organs in general way. It is additional source of information in differentiating the disease.
- Physical examination – palpating the painful area of patient’s body allows to check for and assess information about the muscle tone, tension or weakness, hot or cold, the quality of pain and response to pressure, range of movement, possible bruising, swelling, irregularity of injured or aching body parts, tenderness of specific acupuncture points e.t.c.