Eastern Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
Acupuncturists are physicians in our own right. We do not look at our patients the same way that Western doctors do, but we still evaluate, diagnose and treat our patients, according to ancient theories, and it works!
When one sees an acupuncturist for treatment, patterns of disharmony are determined through careful and precise evaluation of the nine pulse positions, examining the tongue, palpation of the abdomen, observing the colors on various areas of the face, reviewing the patient's health history and discussing the reason this patient has come for evaluation and treatment. Once all this information is gathered, we come up with a specific diagnosis and treatment plan for acupuncture and/or herbal formula(s).
Particular acupuncture points are selected along fourteen different pathways, each of which has a specific organ system, emotion and anatomical location it connects to. By inserting very fine, sterile needles (or using non-insertive methods such as magnets, or laser light) at various points along these pathways (located on the arms, legs, chest, back, head and the ear), we can facilitate the healing of physical, psycho-emotional and internal medicine issues. From a Western perspective, your nervous system is activated when a needle is placed in the body and this action signals the brain to send immune cells, hormones and increase blood circulation into the area where the needle is placed. Blood flow is also increased in the organs and glands that are connected to that acupuncture point.