Why does my acupuncturist look at my tongue ?
Tongue and pulse diagnosis are two of the more important diagnostic tools in Oriental medicine. They are both used to derive a TCM diagnosis for your condition which is used to plan your treatment. Generally the tongue, is much easier to learn and less subjective than pulse diagnosis. It is less meridian specific than the pulse, however, the tongue will show the depth and nature (hot, cold, etc.) of an imbalance and it is less effected by short-term influences such as nervousness. The tongue is also useful as a measurement tool to gauge the progress of a disorder.

¤ Lower Jiao
The Base of the tongue corresponds to the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Large Intestine and Small Intestine Meridians.

¤ Middle Jiao
The sides of the tongue correspond to the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians. Some theories place the Gall Bladder on the patients left side and the Liver on the patients right side.

The Middle of the tongue corresponds to the Stomach and Spleen Meridians.

¤ Upper Jiao
The Tip of the tongue corresponds to the Lung and the Heart Meridians.

Why does my acupuncturist check my pulse ?
Pulse and tongue diagnosis are two of the more important diagnostic tools in Oriental medicine. They are both used to derive a TCM diagnosis for your condition which is used to plan your treatment. Of the diagnostic tools, pulse diagnosis is one of the more important tools used in Asia acupuncture and herbal medicine. While tongue diagnosis provides valuable clinical information, the pulse can be used to gain a deep understanding of the patient on many levels. "Mastering" pulse diagnosis is difficult without the guidance of a skilled teacher. Even at basic levels, however, the pulse provides immediate and specific information that can help clarify contradictory diagnostic information and symptomology.

                                                     Left Wrist   Right Wrist
         Cun (inch) - 1st position      HT / SI         LU / LI
         Guan (barr) - 2nd position   LV / GB       SP / ST
         Chi (foot) - 3rd position       KD / UB       PC / TH

Location of the Pulse: The Guan (Second) Position is found opposite the styloid process of the radius, the Cun Position is found between the Guan Position and the wrist and the Chi position is found at a point equal the distance between Guan and Cun.

How should I prepare?
Before Treatment

   1.​ Please wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. 
   2. Please don't eat large meals just before or after your visit. 
   3. Blood tests, MRI scan, CT scan, EKG(ECG), X-ray results, Ultrasound, ..., If you have. 
   4. Each Acupuncture Treatment takes 45min to 1hour. Sometimes more than 1hour.

After Treatment

   1. Drink more water as much as you can.
   2. Refrain from overexertion, working out, sexual intercourse, or alcohol for up to 12 hours
       after visit.
   3. Avoid stressful situations, Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
   4. Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the
       alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of
       of problems.
   5. Come with any questions you have - Dr.Kim is here to help you. 
What is Meridian ?
The most fundamental and significant difference between Western medicine and Oriental medicine is the concept of the meridian system, which is the core concept of oriental medicine, is known to be the controlling corridor into human life span by flowing through the whole body. When the body is intoxicated by disease, the symptoms are first detected in the meridian system, and healing of the disease is also conducted by regulating the system.
There are various methods of controlling the meridian system, but the most representative is Acupuncture, which is recognized by the National Institute of Health(NIH) and the World Health Organization(WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a variety of medical problems.

1. Lung - Meridian / Hand - taiyin - Lung Channel

There are 11 acupuncture points in the surface pathway of the lung channel

The inner pathway begins in the central Sianjiao and descends the spine in order to connect with the large intestine. The return pathway passes through the cardiac orifice of the stomach and traverses the diaphragm. The channel penetrates the lung, the organ which belongs to it. After the pathway ascends the trachea and connects with the larynx and the pharynx, the channel leaves the chest cavity beneath the clavicle at point Lu 1. 

The surface pathway of the lung channel passes over the outer part of the inner upper arm to the elbow and runs over the radial area of the inner forearm and the thumb to the radial side of the thumbnail. Branch vessels run to the large intestine channel and to the index finger at point Lu 7.

2. Large Intestine Meridian / Hand - Yangming - Large Intestine Channel

There are 20 acupuncture points in the surface pathway of the large intestine channel.

The channel begins at the radial side of the tip of the index finger, passes through the interspace between the first and second metacarpal bones, throughj the anatomical snuffbox and over the superior part of the lateral aspect of the forearm, to the lateral aspect of the elbow. The shoulder is reached via the lower part of the lateral aspect of the upper arm. From this point the channel branches behind the acromion to the seventh cervical vertebra(D 14) and from there runs on to the supraclavicular fossa. 

From the seventh cervical vertebra(Du 14) the channel runs through the supraclavicular fossa and enters the ribs where it there connects with the lung. After traversing the diaphragm the channel reaches its organ, the large intestine. 

The surface pathway of the channel leads laterally from the supraclavicular fossa past the lower neck to the corners of the mouth, crossing the meridian line at the philtrum and onto the naso-labial groove opposite(LI 20).

From this point the channel enters into contact with the branches of the stomach channel. At the corners of the mouth two branches run off the pathway to the gums of the lower jaw.    



.                                                                                                     .....to be continued.

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Herbology