Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognises that all symptoms have an underlying cause, and if this is not addressed only temporary alleviation of a condition will be experienced.
A Chinese Medicine Practitioner will aim to find and treat the root cause of the problem in order to facilitate long term healing.
Tongue & Pulse
The Tongue and Pulse are two important diagnostic tools used in Chinese medicine. When Chinese medicine practitioners look at your tongue they observe its shape, size, color, and coating which are indicators of different states in the body. The tongue is representative of what is occurring internally regarding organ health, heat and cold, circulation and a number of other health related factors. It is often regarded as the ‘map’ of the body as its appearance changes with psychical changes in the body.
As well as Tongue analysis a TCM Practitioner will take a pulse reading. There are a number of different pulses that can be perceived on the wrist, each of which is associated with a different organ and has its own distinct quality. An experienced Chinese medicine practitioner will be sensitive to specific qualities in these pulses and their relationship to the health of the body.
As Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach to diagnosis, your lifestyle, emotional health, sleep, appetite, perspiration and a range of other factors will also be assessed for a thorough diagnosis of your health.
Once you have been assessed you will be advised on the most effective treatment for your condition and if you choose to go ahead with treatment, will be regularly assessed throughout to note how your condition is progressing.