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Diagnosis | The Consultation

Diagnostic practice in Chinese medicine is composed of four main components. These form the first part of any treatment. They are described here to give potential patients an indication of what is involved in the process of treatment:

 

Inspection:

Observation of general body condition, complexion, physique, patterns of movement
Observation of local conditions - head and hair, eyes, ears, nose, lips, throat, neck and skin
Observation of tongue.

 

Ausculation and Olfaction:

Listening to the sound of voice
Observation of any distinct odours

 

Inquiry:

General Condition of Patient
Present Complaints
History of Present Complaint
Previous medical history and family medical history
General overview of Patient in regard to the following questions: any chills or fevers, sweating, pain, other symptoms of head, body, chest or abdomen, sleep, state of diet and sense of taste, stools and urine. Additionally, there is a full inquiry in female health issues: menarche, menstruation, pregnancies and childbirth.

 

Palpation:

This may involve palpation of injured areas or acupuncture points to indicate the state and the nature of the symptoms.
Abdominal palpation.
Pulse taking. There are many different ways of taking the pulse but all observe the condition of qi (energy/metabolism) and blood in the body.