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Which Acupuncture Points Will My Practitioner Use?

Whether have long enjoyed the many health benefits of acupuncture or you are new to this healing modality, you might be wondering: how does my Orlando acupuncture physician decide which points to use to address my health issues?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five diagnostic methods: inspection, inquiring, olfaction, auscultation, and palpation. Using these methods in combination of observation and asking questions to better understand your concerns, your acupuncture practitioner will decide specifically which points to treat for optimal relief and balance.

  • Inspection focuses on the face and tongue, including an analysis of the tongue size, tension, shape, color and coating, and the absence or presence of teeth marks around the edge.

  • Inquiring focuses on the “seven inquiries” which are: appetite, perspiration; chills & fever, taste & thirst; defecation & urination; pain, menses & leukorrhea, and sleep.

  • Olfaction refers to the body’s odor.

  • Auscultation refers to listening to the body’s sounds, for example, wheezing, coughing, etc.

  • Palpation involves feeling the body for tender “ashi” points, particularly palpation of the left and right radial pulses at two levels of pressure (superficial and deep) and three positions on the wrist/forearm: Cun, Guan, Chi.


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