Patient Visits

I feel like the weeks just fly by the more days I am in clinic. Patient visits are starting to pick up with the help of my wonderful husband referring his patients to me. Referral networks are great and definitely needed in practice. In clinic, we often see other students, but many of the students have issues that you will see in practice such as muscle injuries, stress, menstrual irregularities, and allergies. Acupuncture and herbs gets good results with the conditions listed.

The key to Chinese medicine is to find the right pattern and treat it appropriately. That is probably the hardest part. There are so many patterns or diagnoses that have to be ruled out. Often times, there are many layers to the patient's condition. Those layers play a part in the diagnoses. Diagnoses have two parts in Oriental Medicine, the root and the branch. For instance, the branch problem may be allergies, but once you ask all the 10 questions and take tongue and pulse, there may be other reasons or "roots" the allergies or "branch" is taking place.

If you are new to oriental medicine, we feel the pulse in three positions along the radial artery. This helps us decipher the Qi of the person, and depending on the position of the pulse, in what organ the Qi is having problems. The tongue is also examined and it gives us a picture of what is happening in the "organs" on a blood level. We look at the shape, color, coating, and the sublingual veins underneath the tongue. The pulse is quicker to change than the tongue so the pulse can more accurately tell us about the "branch" problem and the tongue can have a more accurate look into the "root" problem.

Doctor Visits

EyeFor instance, my husband's eye periodically gets red ever since he accidentally flicked something into his eye while he was in anatomy lab. In oriental medicine, a red eye that is painful can be diagnosed as Liver Fire, Liver Yang rising, Heart Fire, Kidney and Liver Yin deficiency with deficient heat, Lung heat or Phlegm heat, invasion of Wind heat, or damp heat in the Bladder. Unfortunately, other things can influence the diagnosis such as his lifestyle, the foods he eats, his constitution, and any other pathologies he might have. It is not an easy feat to diagnose.

However, this past week it has gotten very red and painful so we spent most of our Saturday at the doctor. He has seen five different ophthalmologists and numerous acupuncturists. The acupuncture does help with the pain but it can take many treatments to help the redness and inflammation. We are using acupuncture and herbs to treat him. This is better than the alternative of steroid injections into the eye. We are also going to get an inclusive allergy test done to check for any allergies that may be contributing to the problem.

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