We diagnose our patients based on a Chinese medical diagnosis which is determined by using the following information:
- “Looking” includes observation of the patient’s facial color, the characteristics of the tongue (its color, shape, and movement), the patient’s general physical proportions and posture, and secretions such as urine, stool, phlegm, and vomit.
- “Listening and Smelling” primarily involve observation of the quality of the voice and of bodily odors.
- In “Asking,” a practitioner collects information about the patient’s sensations of cold and heat, the location of pain, sleep patterns, thirst and appetite, gynecological information, the characteristics of the patients urine, stool, phlegm and any past medical history.
- “Touching” is considered the most important aspect of the TCM examination and may include the feeling of pulse, which indicates the functioning of a different aspects of the body.
Having a western diagnosis and western medical testing results can help us in our diagnosing but it is not necessary. People with the same western medical diagnosis may present with different signs and symptoms resulting in a different Chinese medical diagnosis. Each persons acupuncture treatment and herbal formula is based on their individual signs and symptoms.
Holistic Women and Families Natural Health Center
AP Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Childbirth Education
Our practice includes: Acupuncture, Chinese and western herbal medicine, Acupuncture Injection Therapy, Nutritional and Food Therapy, tuina massage, cupping, and and homeopathic medicine.
Our passion for the importance of preventive medicine and underlying causes of disease has driven our advanced training in functional medicine. We provide the following services: urinalysis, lab blood work, saliva hormone testing, Gastrointestinal tract testing, vitamin D testing, adrenal stress and blood sugar imbalance testing.
For more information about how our integrative medical practice can help you
call us at (386) 872-5757.