As I explain in the Introduction, we have a sacred relationship to take care of: our union with the Tao, which ought to be one of harmony. The bearings of this harmony are peace, love and health; clarity, balance and confidence. Every diagnosis should focus on describing the characteristics of the personal relationship the patient has with his or her origins, since disease in general comes from an interruption of this relationship somewhere in our consciousness.
There are, indeed, many kinds of disease; they can be divided into acute or chronic, physical and psychological, considering the possibility of a bidirectional interaction between these aspects. I mentioned before that disease comes from not being united with Life; our vital energy weakens and, since we emanate from it, our bodies, our feelings and our mind become disrupted, and so does the natural balance of our health.
Acute and chronic illnesses have to do with:
-Using our body inappropriately.
-Traumas: injuries, accidents, etc.
-Exhaustion, lack of rest.
-Some of them are congenital.
A wide range of direct and objective causes may be diagnosed quickly and simply, favoring the flow of vital energy in a wise manner, so as to restore the intensity of the touch of Tao in the patient. This understanding and particular focus as far as the treatment is concerned, make acupuncture effective and special. Usually, we do not think of the Chi when we are treating someone, we focus only on battling the symptom. This lack of understanding turns our body's whispers into ruthless enemies. I will briefly go into detail of what a diagnosis entails:
Through the interview, the Teacher may gather valuable information about how we interpret the world and our existence, about what our relationship with the Chi is and where the main disorders troubling us are located. We drift away from the flow of the Tao and load ourselves with heavy excuses and inner realities with which we come to define our personality. We embellish and make our personality very important, and it is here where the Teacher can find the story of our process. Little by little, he retraces our steps towards the origins of our resistance, the first leaps we took away from Life and the consequences we now pay for it. Diagnosis sometimes begins unwittingly, through observing the patient in a general way, taking a look at his skin color, how precise and balanced his movements are, what his gestures say, how he relates to his environment, what positions he prefers, etc. The interview goes more in depth: sensations are described in detail, and so are physical perceptions of the patient's organic functioning, his feelings and thoughts, etc. The pulse is felt and the tongue is observed. The way in which the vital force pushes our blood, its pressure and rhythm complete the picture. The map of the tongue with its drawings of different shapes and colors is a valuable source of information for the confirmation of medical hypotheses.