As a kid, my friends all had their favorite “super heroes” like Batman, the Flash or Superman. Mine was Sherlock Holmes. I loved the way he methodically pieced things together with the act of observation. Little did I know. . . . that is exactly what I would end up doing in my health practice.
Here are the main methods:
Pulse Diagnosis. In Chinese medicine (acupuncture), there are 6 pulses on each wrist. Each position correlates with internal organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys etc. Each pulse has specific qualities to them that have odd names such as wiry, slippery, thin and some 20 others.
The pulses provide feedback as to where to insert the needles and if they were in fact, inserted correctly. When done properly, the all 12 pulses will come into balance. Once balanced, it is only a matter of time before genuine healing occurs.
Tongue Diagnosis. By looking at the tongue, the practitioner can determine primarily what is happening in terms of digestion. There are others but digestion, which is THE key to healing, is mainly noted. You can take the perfect nutrition and eat the ideal diet but if you are not absorbing correctly, all is lost. The tongue shows this.
A.K. or Applied Kinesiology. Also known as Muscle Testing. There are regions on the body about the size of a quarter associated with organs, glands, systems, and emotions. Think of it like the “patellar reflex” when the doctor taps below the knee cap and the lower leg “jumps” up.
When an organ or gland etc., is weaker than what it should be, the testing area will register 1 to 1.5 degrees warmer than the rest of the body. When you stress or push on a muscle (typically, the arm), the body will tell if it is weak or strong.
I have trained in Contact Reflex Analysis which determines nutritional imbalances, Total Body Modification which determines structural imbalances and Neuro Emotional Technique which determines if emotions are at the root of the issue(s). Using these, a precise treatment plan can be designed.
Simple Observation. Watching how a person walks, talks, gestures, what colors they wear etc., will tell me a mountain of information. Loud voices indicate liver issues. Pale faces indicate blood deficiency and thus, spleen weakness. Hands unusually turned inward points toward hypothyroidism.
The body provides “windows of oberseration” which are places and spaces on the body in which it will tell me what is healthy, what is problematic and how to go about correcting it.
In other words, it provides all of the details to get to the root cause and once corrected, return to health.