Diagnostics - The doctor uses all the senses
Chinese medicine does not use any technical devices to assess a patient's state of health. Instead, doctors and therapists use all of their senses to recognize the symptoms and draw conclusions about the condition of the organs, the meridians and the life energy Qi.
Chinese medicine therapists use the following four diagnostic methods:
Question: The doctor will not only inquire about your symptoms. The conversation may also involve freezing and sweating, diet, appetite and digestion, urine and bowel movements, but other habits such as sleep, dreams and sexual behavior are also important. The doctor classifies all of your answers not only into the yin-yang system, but also into the system of the five phases of change.
Consider: Conclusions about the flow of energy can also be drawn from the holistic appearance, the movement and the color of the face. For diagnosis, it can also be helpful to look at the mucus and saliva. Since Chinese medicine is convinced that the tongue reflects the body, tongue diagnosis plays an important role: the doctor assesses the shape, color, thickness and moisture of the tongue and assigns his observations to the various organs - the middle of the tongue corresponds Spleen and stomach, the tip of the tongue shows the energy of the heart and lungs, the lower part shows the condition of the kidneys, the bladder and the large and small intestines. The edges of the tongue symbolize the liver and gallbladder.
Touching: A doctor needs a lot of practice to feel the pulse, because in traditional Chinese medicine 28 different pulse qualities can be distinguished. For pulse diagnosis, the doctor places index, middle and ring fingers on the artery on the wrist and presses gently, then with medium pressure and finally quite firmly.