An acupuncturist’s diagnosis is determined in part by using methods similar to
other health care practitioners: Asking patients for a thorough history
of their health, diet, exercise patterns, and chief complaints; performing
a physical exam, ordering laboratory tests, X-rays or MRIs, and making a referral to
a specialist, if necessary.
One of two important diagnostic techniques
acupuncturist uses is taking the patient’s pulse
on both wrists. The three pulses felt on each wrist
are believed to correspond to certain organs and
Another unique diagnostic technique is tongue observation.
Shape, texture, moisture, color, coating and any abnormalities
are viewed as the tongue will show the depth and nature
(hot, cold, etc.) of an imbalance. The tongue is also useful
as a measurement tool to gauge the progress of a disorder.