TCM considers the body as a whole, where all parts of the body are connected in different ways, known as channels and meridians. The balance of these connections and the harmony of the mind and the body, are the sign of a healthy condition.

TCM practitioner would conduct an extensive consultation about the person's discomfort,  vitality, and lifestyle.  Next step would be the examination of the patient and gather information about mental, emotional and spiritual conditions.

Consultation:  It consists on  listening to patient's  discomfort and  conducting an  extensive interview.  The practitioner  would ask questions  related  with   body  condition  (like  temperature,  perspiration,   appetite,  thirst,  sleeping,  energy,  urine,  stools  etc), past medical history  ( as possible origin of the current problem),  emotional issues (depression, mood swing, lack of concentration etc)  and patient's  lifestyle,  which might include  environmental  conditions  (at work place  and home),  relationship (with partners, families,  friends,  and  co-workers),  diet  patterns,  sex  life,  and  exercise.  These  questions  provide important information about physical  and mental  condition of  the patient.

Observation:  TCM practitioners  are trained in the  observation of external signs of any imbalance of the internal body.  The tongue plays  an important role in this technique,  but information is also gathered from the conditions of the skin,  hair,  nails, throat, teeth, gum, mouth, lips, face etc.

Hearing and smelling:  Information is gathered from the  conditions of the voice and breathing and the presence of cough, frequent sighing, hiccups and BorBorygmus, as well as from the odours of the body.

Palpation: palpating,  feeling and pressing in specific areas of the body are also ways to determine the condition of a patient. Pulse diagnostic  plays a  very important role in TCM,  giving  information on the  state of individual organs and  the balance of the body as a whole.


Applied  Kinesiology  uses   manual   muscle   testing  to identify  the imbalance in the  body's structural,  chemical or emotional energy.

It's  a  system  which  combines  muscle  monitoring  with the   principles   of   Chinese  Medicine   to  establish  the body's needs,  and  identify illness in  internal  organs and other problems.

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