2 – Chinese Medicine Diagnostics

Module 2 – Chinese Medicine Diagnostics

The skill of diagnosis is key to understanding Chinese medicine. Right from day one on the training course students will begin to look at diagnosis of disease according to observation, palpation and directed questioning. If a Chinese physician’s diagnosis is not developed to a high standard then they will miss the true nature of imbalance and thus treat incorrectly. Students must learn how to ‘tune in’ to the messages being given to them by their patient and use the various classical skills of Chinese medicine in order to build a picture around the nature of disease.

Arguably the most complex aspect of Chinese medical diagnosis is using the pulse. This means to palpate the strength and relative balance that exists between the 12 key meridians of the body on the wrists of the patient. Many hours must be put into development of this skill if it is to become a reliable tool for diagnosis. For this reason students will be guided into pulse diagnosis skill development very early on and work in a structured ‘four tiered’ manner to ensure development of skill at pulse reading.

The state of a patients health is also observed through the appearance of their tongue, various hues to their skin and various other facets which will be taught over the duration of the Diploma. At later stages in the training, palpation of the meridian system and the energetic field of the patent will also be looked at in line with ancient Daoist energetic teachings.

  • Ba Gang (Eight Principles)
  • Pulse Diagnosis (Fa vs Gong)
  • Tongue Diagnosis (Foundation and Complex Patterns)
  • Facial Diagnosis (Observation Skills)
  • Inquiry (Classical & Additional Questions)
  • Observation Skills (Posture, Behaviour, Appearance)
  • Palpation Skills (Abdominal, Meridian, Jiao, Spinal)