A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can obtain all of the information needed to diagnose disease through inquiry and external observation. The five basic categories of diagnostic observation are: looking, listening, smelling, asking, and touching. Simply by employing these five areas of investigation, TCM practitioners can provide a complete diagnosis for his or her patients.
Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis is always made holistically, which means that TCM views your body as a whole and different parts can affect one another. We look beyond just the symptoms and figure out the root of the problem. The reason is for example, common symptoms such as fatigue can be caused by qi or blood deficiency and wind cold, however, depending on the cause, the treatment methods are very different. With the wrong treatment, it could potentially make the situation worse. With a combination of the diagnostic techniques mentioned above, a good practitioner can figure out the true cause of an issue.