Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, metal needles to stimulate specific points of the body that reach meridians. These stimulation points are called acupuncture points or acupoints. Traditional Chinese medicine holds that there are 365 commonly used acupuncture points on 20 meridians on the human body. Typically, it takes 15 to 30 minutes of manipulating the needles in these acupuncture points and 30 to 60 minutes of retaining the needles. By doing so, it regulates the flow of qi throughout the body and restore health to the mind and body, thus balancing the yin and yang. The insertions of needles are manipulated either by the hand or by electrical stimulation, called electroacupuncture.
- Listening to the sound of your breathing, voice
- The quality of cough, if there is one.
- The practitioner will also observe any breath odour.
- The naturopath will touch/palpate you to discover body temperature, body moisture, pain, and strategic acupuncture points.
- The naturopath will make observations of your tongue, by examining the colour, coating, and shape. Your naturopath will also observe your face, eyes, etc.
- The naturopath will take your pulse. This is an important aspect of a naturopath being able to diagnose, and in some cases, indicate a problem or weakness before symptoms occur. Each wrist has three positions along the radial artery that represent each organ of the body. There are 28 different pulse characteristics pertaining to position, depth, rate, width, strength, quality, and rhythm.