Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that views health as the balance within an individual's healing energy, or ch'i. Acupuncturists help ch'i move along pathways, known as meridians, that connect various organs and systems within the body. The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one's overall health. However, blockages and imbalances result in pain and illness. The acupuncturist uses specific acupuncture points along the meridians to redirect and reposition the flow of energy in an effort to return balance and health to the individual.

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Diagnosis

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In addition to taking the patient's pulse, the practitioner uses four basic techniques for determining an individual's constitution and imbalances; asking, seeing, hearing and feeling. These are used to evaluate and determine the personal constitution of the individual as it is represented on one of the elements.

Asking: A full history of the patient is given by the patient: recent or past stresses, previous illnesses or injuries and relationships within the family circle.

Listening to the patient's voice and how they express themselves: speaking fluently or haltingly, with a stammer or fear.

Seeing the patient. The practitioner looks for various colors in the patient's face, observes how the patient moves, stands, expressions on the face, texture of the hair and condition of the skin and nails. 

Feeling the patient. Pressing into the pressure points and abdomen of the patient helps determine the patient's state. The most important diagnostic procedure is the taking of the pulses. The practitioner takes twelve different pulses, six on each wrist at two levels. It is possible, only form reading the pulses, to tell almost everything about a patient's state of health. 

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Treament

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Conditions Benefited

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