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Carlos Valdez Mr Cattuci Acupuncture Acupuncture is a system of therapy involving the needling of precisely specified points on the surface of the body This is in accordance with a coherent physiology derived from the philosophical concepts of humans and their relationships with the natural environment It was first developed during the Chou dynasty 1030 BC to 221 BC of Chinese history Acupuncture in particular is the concept of energy This energy which seems to correspond to fluctuations in the bodys Electro-magnetic field is described as flowing along path ways near the surface of the skin Evaluation of the exact nature and degree of energy imbalance resulting in disease is the aim of traditional Chinese diagnostic procedures These involve a precise sequential consideration of data obtained by clinical observations interrogation to obtain a detailed case of history and palpation of the pulses There are three main methods of diagnosis that are employed in the clinic looking asking and palpating all of which contribute to a full and accurate diagnosis of the patients condition By looking at the patients face body and movements the practitioner is already beginning to create a diagnosis Another major diagnostic tool is the tongue It is said that the state of the internal organs is reflected in the tongue and the practitioner will note the color and shape of the tongue as well as its coating All patients can expect their pulse to be taken Unlike a Western doctor the acupuncturist is not feeling merely the speed of the patients pulse The practitioner will feel for changes in the quality of the pulse under their fingers They will also use three fingers over each wrist in Chinese medicine different pulse positions correspond to different organs of the body If an irregularity is felt in a specific position the practitioner is then able to focus their treatment to correct it Secondly any areas of pain may be palpated to
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