Why Pulse Diagnosis is Important
You will receive the best acupuncture treatment when the person providing the acupuncture treatment reads your pulses. They may also read the tongue and other additional forms of diagnosing any imbalances in the chi energy. Reading the pulses can help identify the cause of your health issues and can also provide valuable feedback as to the possible causes of those health issues.
There are other types of healthcare providers who perform acupuncture that do not read the pulses because it was not a part of the acupuncture training they received. A fully-trained acupuncturist with who received their training from an NCCAOM or ACAOM accredited school (in the U.S. – there are other valid credentials from outside the U.S.) will always read your pulses to see where what the state of the chi energy is in your body. While acupuncture is
well-known and used for alleviating pain, if you do not know why the pain is there or the cause of the pain and use acupuncture points to relieve the pain without addressing the cause, a more serious underlying disease process get left untreated and could get worse.
Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of chi energy in the body. The chi energy flows through twelve meridians or pathways in our body. The meridians correspond to ten organs and two functions in the body: The liver, gallbladder, lungs, colon, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestines, bladder, kidneys, pericardium and the three-heater (which regulates body temperature). Imbalances in the chi are diagnosed by palpation of the twelve pulses felt in the wrists, six on each wrist, left and right side. An acupuncturist can fell the relative strength of the chi energy in each of the organs in the body by feeling the pulse and also see if there are any blocks in the flow of chi energy throughout the body and where the blocks are.
Did you know that:
Anger weakens your liver and gall bladder.
Grief weakens your lungs and colon.
Worry weakens your stomach and spleen.
Stress weakens your heart and brain.
Fear weakens your kidney and bladder.