Tongue Diagnosis

Tongue diagnosis is an integral part of taking a medical history in Chinese medicine.

Chinese medicine practitioners believe the appearance of your tongue can reveal a lot about your health. Different areas of the tongue are believed to reflect the state of the different organ systems. If there is an unusual color, coating, and/or shape in a certain area, special attention is paid to the corresponding organ system.

In Chinese medicine, disease is explained by an imbalance of yin and yang and heat and cold in the human body. Chinese medicine believes that chronic imbalances will have a definite impact on the color and shape of the tongue body and the color and thickness of the tongue coating.

A normal tongue is described as light red in color with a thin white coating. The tongue should not be too wet and not too dry. The tongue should be without cracks or movement. It should not be too long or too short nor too stiff or too flaccid.

Tongue body color reflects the health of the internal organs. When the tongue changes from the normal pale red to very pale, dark red, purple or blue it is a clear picture of pathological changes in the body. Changes in the shape of the tongue body will indicate the severity or duration of the condition. Tongue coating can change quickly and will be a clear indication whether or not the nature of the disease is one of excess or deficiency.

Tongue diagnosis is an important part of the Chinese medical assessment, but as with any assessment method, the doctor does not rely on tongue diagnosis alone, but uses it as part to provide a complete picture of a person’s health

When the wisdom of Chinese medicine meets the technological advances of western medicine, we will all benefit.

 

 

 

Chinese Acupuncture

dreamstime_xl_31961402.ssOver 5,000 years ago, the ancient Chinese discovered energy pathways (meridians) in the body.

Acupuncture treatments can be traced back to the stone-age, when sharp-edged tools were used to relieve pain and discomfort of disease.  Later these tools were replaced by needles made of bamboo or bone. Recent research using scientific knowledge and methods, has shown that stimulation of the acupuncture points along these meridians may produce various physical and psychological responses.

The Chinese belief that man is a small universe, a microcosm of the large one we live in. Every physical and mental function is governed by the same universal laws of energy and the opposing forces – yin and yang – that regulate the universe.

Matter and energy are two different manifestations of the same primary energetic substance of which everything in the universe is composed. Matter, which vibrates at a very slow frequency, is referred to as physical matter. That which vibrates at speeds exceeding light velocity is known as subtle matter.

In a healthy person, living in harmony with others and the environment, this energy circulates freely, but a disturbance of this cyclical flow results in disharmony leading to sickness and disease.

Factors such as environmental toxicity, geopathic stress, physical injuries, mental exhaustion and emotional disturbances express themselves as chronic energy deficiencies. By analyzing these irregularities, the health of the organs, the nervous and hormone system, as well as the immune system can be defined.

A non-invasive health screening method based on measuring the bio-electric conductivity of the meridians, enables us to analyze the energy status and the self-regulating capacity of the human organism. Disharmonies in organs correlate to changes of the energy flow in corresponding meridians.

Once this energy flow is restored the body can heal itself.

 

Digital Meridian Imaging

dr-Digital-Meridian-Testing.jpgMany forms of diagnosis have evolved in acupuncture over the last five thousand years. Pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, laws of correspondence, symptom interpretation, special point association and graphing techniques.

Digital Meridian Imaging has proved to be the quickest, easiest and most accurate means to diagnose and select proper acupuncture points for treatment. Digital Imaging is the term used for computerized measurements of imbalances in the energetic meridian systems of the body.

Acupuncture theory states that as long as the person’s “chi” or energy is circulating in the body in a balanced, rhythmic manner the person will be healthy. However, if for any reason this rhythmic balance of chi is interrupted or unbalanced, disease will result.

Using this latest technique of Digital Meridian Imaging the average patient can be tested, evaluated and a specific customized treatment plan determined within a very short time. A graph printout with detailed explanation is available within minutes and treatments can be adjusted from visit to visit.

All the laws of the universe are simple, once we understand the basic operation. The theory of opposites, which plays a prime role in all aspects of acupuncture was created from these basic laws of yin and yang (negative and positive) and the theory of the five elements. By applying these basic principles to healing and balancing the physical, emotional and mental state of the individual, the results will often seem miraculous.

Auricular Acupuncture

Acupuncturists all over the world use this therapy to treat pain, addictions of all kinds, internal disorders, emotional issues and a host of other problems with excellent results. Auriculotherapy (or ear acupuncture) is a technique of using points on the skin of the auricle (external ear) to diagnose, treat pain and medical conditions of the body. Whether used in conjunction with other treatments or by itself, auriculo-therapy is often effective when other treatments have failed. It is safe, non-invasive and has no known side effects.

Auriculo-therapy is a form of alternative medicine and has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Just as ancient healing art defines acupuncture points on the body for treatments of various conditions, similar points are defined in the ear. The ear is actually a micro-map of the entire body, with all body parts represented. According to principals of auricular therapy, each area of the ear corresponds to a different anatomical portion of the body and by stimulating these areas certain therapeutic effects have been observed.

Today common forms of auricular treatments include acupuncture needles, focused pressure, lasers, magnets or electrical stimulation. Based on the idea that the ear is a micro system of the entire body similar to the teachings of iridology and reflexology it is assumed that ailments of the entire body are treatable by this method.

Almost all health conditions can be affected to some degree by stimulating ear points. The most common reported uses have been for control of chronic pain, detoxification from addiction (smoking, heroin and cocaine addiction), relief from nausea, and high blood pressure.

Migraines vs. Headaches

When people speak of headaches and migraines, they often fail to realize that the two actually represent two different conditions. Migraines represent a much more serious problem than your average tension headache. While regular headaches occur throughout most of the human population, those afflicted with migraines face a particularly painful problem.

Migraines are the most debilitating type of headache and throbbing, pulsating pain may be felt around the temples, or behind one eye or ear and make it painful to move your head. Other symptoms may include vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise, nausea and numbness or tingling on one side. About one in seven migraine sufferers experience visual disturbances that include flashes of light, zigzag lines or blind spots on or before the onset.

The pain of a migraine may last anywhere between four hours to a full week, which can make everyday tasks impossible. For those afflicted, these migraine headaches often occur between two and four times per month and may be triggered by: stress, fatigue, skipping meals, hormonal changes, glaring or flickering lights, loud noise, weather changes, overexertion, caffeine, chocolate, red wine, beer, nicotine, aged cheeses and flavor enhancers or preservatives.

A tension headache may be felt as tightness around the head like a band and may occur across the forehead, temples, back of the head and neck or at the base of the skull – a dull, achy, pressure‑like pain. Unlike a migraine, it’s a more diffuse and less intense pain felt on both sides.

Frequency and duration are extremely variable and may last from a few minutes to a few hours or be constant. Triggers include: muscular tension, stress, depression and anxiety and may include lack of sleep, missing meals, inactivity, poor posture, eyestrain, caffeine, alcohol and overuse of pain relievers.

The most common trigger for both is stress and Biofeedback is a very effective tool to reduce the effects it may have. The Quantum Healing Institute provides Biofeedback Therapies for stress management and mind/body healing.

The Dental Connection to Chronic Illness

Is it possible that your teeth have a biological effect on other parts of your body? In order to understand this concept, let us consider the therapeutic effects of Chinese acupuncture.

Chinese acupuncture believes there is a universal life energy called Chi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely one’s health is maintained. However, once this flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain or illness will occur.

How does this apply to dentistry? When we analyze the tooth/organ charts which list each tooth in the mouth and its relationship to other major organ systems in the body, it is quite apparent that our teeth are connected to these pathways called meridians and the relationship to these organs is quite real.

If a tooth is compromised by infection, amalgams (silver fillings) or a root canal it is a likely cause of dental induced illness and can create favorable conditions for a large variety of illnesses. While symptoms are not immediately apparent, the progressive weakening of the immune system can lead to chronic conditions that are not attributed to any specific cause.

After addressing dental concerns, changes in systemic conditions, e.g. digestive problems, joint pains, fatigue, headaches, sinus infections and even heart palpitations may correct themselves. Acupuncture works by restoring normal functions through stimulation of points on the meridians to free up Chi energy.

Unlike most conventional disciplines, alternative medicine examines the whole person as a means to uncover informational clues necessary for proper therapy.   Read more…