Making a Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine is very old. The written record for this medicine goes back more than 2,500 years, with the oldest texts recording a theory that was already advanced in its philosophy. Presumably there were even older texts that didn't survive into modern times, predated by a long history of oral tradition. This means that Chinese medicine is older than the modern theories of science, blood chemistry, and microbiology. It is also older than technologies like ultrasound, x-rays, and MRIs. So how did this medicine develop a system of diagnosis? Through a logical and systematic interpretation of outward symptomology via the perceptive awareness of the practitioner. The basic idea is that any one part of the body will reflect the health of the whole, and that outer, more superficial symptoms reflect the inner, deeper health of our internal organs. Because our pulse, tongue and face are especially individualized and dynamic, they are the most important areas of focus for diagnosis.