Chinese Medicine Evaluation
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a well-developed system of medicine that has been practiced in China and neighboring Asian countries for thousands of years. The evaluation when coupled with a Western perspective may provide necessary clues to uncover the underlying cause of illness.
TCM presents the human body as a whole and as a part of nature. It is believed that harmony must be maintained within body functions and between the body and nature in order to preserve health. Any disruption of this harmony leads to illness and disease. Over the years, scholars and practitioners have developed a unique series of questions and diagnostic methods to evaluate this balance.
An important and unique aspect of TCM practice is that it involves analysis of the whole person using a holistic approach. The aim of the evaluation is to collect and analyze information that reflects the condition of the body in order to determine a particular “syndrome.” Syndromes are determined using the four diagnostic method of inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry, and palpation and include data on the quality of sleep, appetite, bowel movements, and urination, among other information.
Whether a patient will receive acupuncture or a Western medicine therapy, a Chinese Medicine Evaluation can be helpful in developing a Holistic treatment plan most indicated to best treat the underlying cause of the presenting illness or condition.