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Why do acupuncturists look at the tongue and examine the pulse?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. I examine the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue. Tongue diagnosis is particularly important when prescribing finely tuned, individualized herbal prescriptions and is not used at all times.

There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that I might palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ.  I look for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse. Like tongue diagnosis, the pulse is particularly important when prescribing finely tuned, individualized herbal prescriptions and is not used at all times.

Both are great internal reads as to what is happening in the body.  They are one of many diagnostic tools we can use.

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