What information do you gather in the consultation process?
The Eight Principles, Zang Fu (internal organ) theory and Meridians theory are the 3 guiding principles of Chinese medicine diagnosis. The 4 main diagnostic methods are: Inspection, Olfaction and Auscultation, Questioning and Palpation. Inspection of tongue, palpation of pulse and meridian pathways are particularly important.
Be prepared to be asked questions seemingly unrelated to the condition you are seeking treatment for. There will be extensive history taking and discussion on lifestyle and diet. Since we are treating the person rather than just the symptoms, we need to analyse all available information to arrive at a diagnosis as in patterns of disharmony.
Commonly asked questions during a Chinese medicine consultation are: body temperature, sweating, pain and discomfort in all major body areas (including characteristic of pain); pain and discomfort in all sensory organs, digestion (as in appetitie, thirst and taste), toilet habits and emotions.