Acupuncture is a gentle, safe, drug-free treatment. It has been helping humanity for many thousands of years with artifacts of stone acupuncture needles found in China that are 10,000 to 4,000 years old. Modern acupuncture dates to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) through the ancient Chinese medical text “Huang Di Nei Jing / The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine”. Acupuncture works to reclaim and maintain the normal energy flow and wisdom of the body; this energy is known as Ch’i. The Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis are related to the state of the Ch’i or energy in the body and its ability to face forces that disrupt its flow and its strength to maintain its own harmony and balance.
A great acupuncture physician is really a good detective with the discerning ability to detect disruption in the body and a force of nature with the ability to support the correction of the energy flow in the body based on nature’s wisdom and carried out with the ancient art of acupuncture. You see, inserting the needles properly is a skill; knowing where, why, and how to place the needles is a more complicated task that requires education, experience, and intuition.
To figure out the diagnosis and treatment plan, the acupuncture physician uses several methods of information gathering. One historical method is called the “Ten Questions Song.” This method dates to late in the Ming Dynasty (1563-1640) and is accredited to the acupuncture physician, Jie-bin Zhang. The list below includes the idea of the questions, not the exact quotes from the late Dr. Zhang as there are several translations of his list. These questions quickly help gather general health information.
- Questions about the main health problem.
- Questions about what makes problem better or worse.
- Questions about body temperature and sweating.
- Questions about pain.
- Questions about bowel movements and urination.
- Questions about eating and thirst.
- Questions about heart, chest and breathing.
- Questions about eyes, ears, nose and throat.
- Questions about emotions.
- For women, about cycle: for men, about energy; for children, about digestion and childhood illnesses.
Observation of the tongue is another way that acupuncture physicians gather information. The tongue is an “organ” that we can see, and it tells a story of what is going on in your body. The acupuncturist looks at the tongue coat, color, shape and markings.
Yet another information gathering tool is pulse diagnosis: feeling the rate, quality, and strength of blood flow through the vessels located on the wrists. The information gathering stage is the Acupuncture Exam which leads to a Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis which determines the treatment plan. The treatment plan is also individualized and may include acupuncture or acupressure, other adjunct therapies including moxibustion (heat), cupping (increasing circulation), herbal medicine, and dietary guidelines and whole food supplements.
Acupuncture physician, Mary Cetan, has the knowledge and the experience to give a professional Traditional Chinese Medicine exam, determine the Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis, create the treatment plan, place the acupuncture needles gently and purposefully, prescribe the correct herbal formulas and nutrient supplements to facilitate the elimination of symptoms and the restoration of health.
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