How does Acupuncture work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine has its own system of diagnosis based on the organs of the body. Through asking the patient a number of questions, feeling the patient's pulse, and examining the patient's tongue we obtain information about symptoms, which correlate to a diagnosis. This system of diagnosis is different from the western system of diagnosis and has the ability to relate a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms into one or more patterns.
We then select acupuncture points and/or Chinese herbal medicines based on the pattern diagnosis. Palpation of certain acupuncture points may be necessary to determine which acupuncture point is best for you.
It is this system of diagnosis, which allows acupuncturists to treat a wide variety of symptoms and diseases. Even though you may have been given a western diagnosis, it is necessary to answer a number of questions to determine your TCM pattern.