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What to Expect During TCM Consultation

TCM consultation involves FOUR steps:

 

Observation (望)

The moment you step in the consultation room, the TCM practitioner starts the observation. Observation may cover the range from your walking posture, movements, facial expression and complexion to your tongue. Information on your Qi and blood circulation and how your organs are functioning could be gained through this step. The tongue inspection includes its color, coating and shape and they are important information resources of the patient’s health condition.

 

Hearing/Smelling (闻)

TCM practitioner assesses the patient’s energy and general condition by hearing his/her voice, sometime even by smelling the odor of the patient. For instant, shallow voice could be a result of Zhong-Qi (Central Qi) deficiency; smell of urine could be found on people who suffer from kidney problem etc.

 

Asking (问)

About 10 questions would be asked by the TCM practitioner in order to gain a full screen of the patient’s health condition. Details of lifestyle, daily diet, working and living condition and personal medical history will be required during the consultation.

 

Pulse diagnosis (切)

Pulse taking is very important in TCM. TCM practitioner feels the pulse and records the rate. They discern width or amplitude, length, how close it is to the surface, how deep and close to the bone, the strength, and other qualities. Pulse diagnosis gains information on the state of balance of the body, the state of the Qi and blood, Yin and Yang and the state of individual Organs.