In addition to looking at your tongue for diagnostic purposes (see previous post for details), acupuncturists are also fond of feeling your pulses. By palpating three separate pulses just below the wrist crease on either hand, your acupuncturist can help derive a TCM diagnosis for your condition which can be used to plan your treatment.
During this time, your acupuncturist is examining the depth, rate, and quality of your pulse in general, as well as the specifics of the six individual pulses, each of which corresponds to an internal organ system. Taken together, more can be learned about how blood and qi (or energy) is moving systemically and how best to address any imbalance and/or stagnation.
Michael A. Sassack is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago.