How does a Chinese doctor make a diagnosis?

A Chinese medicine practitioner will asses your condition using a combination of the four diagnostic methods. This is a set of examinations and questions that are designed to help the practitioner determine your individual patterns of imbalance and how they are effecting your health. A practitioner will enquire into the reason you have attended the clinic but the examination and questioning will often be quite broad covering areas you may not have realized are related. One area that is unique to Chinese medicine is they will frequently examine the tongue and pulse. The examination of the tongue reveals much about the internal function of your organs (particularly the digestion) and circulation of Qi and blood. While the pulse provides information on the strength and balance of Qi and circulation throughout the body. You will notice that the pulse is often taken on both wrist at three positions on the wrist and at different pressure levels.