One interesting, somewhat enigmatic part of the treatment experience for patients is when the practitioner takes the pulse and looks at the tongue. New patients will often ask, “What are you looking for in the pulse and tongue?” Experienced patients will often want to know, “How is my pulse and tongue today?”
Cupping therapy is indicated for various types of acute and chronic pain. Acute trauma from sports injuries or car accidents often leave the muscles in a tense, contracted state and/or create pockets of stagnant blood, which leads to inflammation, pain, and consequently, poor circulation of blood and qi to the injured area.
If a patient comes in to my clinic experiencing a rash in a line across his ribcage, or tingling in the skin down the side of the shin, I immediately want to treat their spine. Why? Because of something called dermatomes.
The thyroid gland is the largest endocrine gland in the body. When functioning optimally, this butterfly-shaped gland in the neck secretes just the right amount of thyroid hormone to regulate most metabolic processes in the body. Thyroid hormones control how quickly the body uses energy, the production of proteins, blood calcium levels, and how sensitive the body is to other hormones. Even slight changes in thyroid hormone levels can cause drastic changes to energy, weight, and mental functioning.
Dampness is a concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine that basically refers to an abnormal state of the body’s energy that results in a pathological accumulation of fluid-type stuff.
We actually gain lots of information from the pulse that helps us to choose the most appropriate acupuncture points for your unique condition. Acupuncture, as a medicine, is based on energy flow in the body. All of the energetic systems in the body are reflected in different positions of the pulse.
The tongue reflects what is going on within your body. After all, it is the only muscle in the body that we can see.