“The exterior reflects the interior.” This is the guiding principle in diagnosis. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners utilize many parts of the body which are directly accessible by touch or sight. Since the balance of the whole organism is the basis of the medicine, a useful diagnosis will account for the condition of all parts (and their relationships) of the human being. This requires gathering enough information to understand the context of the person. Listening to both what is said and how it’s said are also of primary importance. The examination is thus very thorough and includes an extensive interview.
For information on the major methods of diagnosis see the links on the left.