Updated: Apr 16, 2018
The Four Diagnostic Skills and correlations made between the internal and external body are concrete examples of the Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM holistic concept.
As the organs and tissues of a human body are interdependent and mutually affected, TCM physicians are able to assess the status of internal organs and see a detailed picture of the patient's disease based on the symptoms, just by taking a pulse and looking in detail at your tongue, laboratory tests and other modern diagnostic technologies are also sometimes used to investigate and confirm a prognosis.
For example, your tongue has special relationships with the other internal organ. The tongue body and its coating create the tongue signs, which are an important factor in diagnosis.
Changes in the tongue signs reflect changes of organ functioning, blood and qi activities, body fluid metabolism, and progressing direction of diseases. In addition, it is a routine practice of TCM to associate a patient's condition with external influences and personal details.
Factors like the weather, seasons, lifestyles, eating habits, mental state, body constitution, age, gender and career are always taken into account in TCM diagnosis, they help to provide a full evaluation and allow us to design the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
Understanding you and your body is just one of the many ways Traditional Chinese Medicine is different but is complimentary to Western Medicine.
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