Diagnosis

Introduction to Diagnosis using Chinese Medical Theory

Diagnosis includes comprehensive questioning relating to a person's health including pulse and tongue inspection, investigation to symptoms and signs with current medical history or diagnosis. With this information a practitioner is able to gain insight into general to specific health conditions.

Most patients who visit a Chinese Medicine Practitioner have already been to several different types of medical therapy and have a very good idea of what is ailing them. For those who have not it is advisable to have a consultation with your general practitioner to discuss your condition. Likewise, after your appointment you may be advised to have a medical check up so as to obtain crucial information such as blood count, x-ray, CT scan or ultra sound to confirm a diagnosis.

Chinese Herbs are an integral part of Chinese medicine and are prescribed after the physician has made a differential diagnose of your body's condition. Chinese diagnosis uses a system where the human body is subdivided into 143 different internal syndromes. Each syndrome is a collection of symptoms.

Syndromes of Chinese medicine indicate where our body is most affected by illness. As we age different combinations of syndromes produce complex disease processes, which we need to understand and treat to aid good physical recovery. Supplementing the body with the correct herbal formula or acupuncture point prescription requires a great skill and is testament to the many practitioner's whose prescription are correct obtaining improvement of their patients condition.

Chinese herbal formula or acupuncture point prescription are seen as a key, while the disease process which is ever changing is the lock. To break the lock one must first insert a key to disrupt the progressions of disease. Both treatments utilize the same concept of syndromes, which today are seen as the Human Science of Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture addresses the importance for our body's ability to have a balance between all our internal organs including the ability to aid the regulating of emotions and thinking processes. The link between the acupuncture channel system and the internal working of organs, muscles, nerves, lymphatic glands, arteries and veins is well documented.

Acupuncture can be used to treat muscular and Joint problems that develop either from injury or from long-term wear and tear or use of joints, tendons and muscles. Structural Acupuncture is able to reintroduce blood flow and correct the flow of body fluid and lymphatic fluid to areas of inflammation or degeneration. Unlike dry needling that disrupts rehabilitation structural acupuncture copes by using ashi and distal point prescriptions.

The use of massage including myofascial stripping and localized alignment of muscles and joints affected by muscle spasm, knots or muscle adhesions are addressed as necessary. Individually or a combination of these pathologies will affect the correct balance between the right and left sides of the body. Correcting muscle alignment or groups of muscles needing alignment gives improvement to the body’s balance and mobility.

Muscular conditions of mal alignment can include the raise hip or hip allignment imbalance. This allignment problem can be reduced by acupuncture and massage techniques. Raised hip puts pressure on you spine that is secondary to causative features.