I spent 37 years not listening to my body. To what it was telling me (or shouting at me sometimes).
I am sure you are more observant.
All of the answers to these questions help acupuncturists make a diagnosis enormously. Because your red tongue and dark yellow urine, might not seem like a correlation; but they might be to us.
I hope you find this useful. Any questions or comments please let me know, because this isn't an exhaustive list.
I would be delighted to hear from you,
Love your fave (Letchworth) acupuncturist
What is your tongue telling you?
One of your acupuncturists favourite diagnostic tools, your tongue tells us so much about what is occurring internally.
The colour, size, cracks, coat and moisture all paint us a picture of what is happening inside your body.
What can you see when you look at your tongue?
Face mapping through Chinese Medicine
I love facial diagnosis. My face tells me a lot about what is going on. And I think 2020 has permanently placed a vertical line between my eyebrows and a double chin.
Anything you can see in your own face?
What is your runny nose and spit telling you?
What are your spots telling you?
Again, your spots can tell us such a lot.
When you get them, the colour, where they are all indicate something in traditional Chinese Medicine.
Long and loud
excess condition such as stomach heat, liver qi invading the stomach
Short and low
deficient condition such as stomach qi deficiency or stomach deficient and cold
Yes, what comes out below is just as important as what comes out up top. In fact, this might be even more helpful. Because, for the most part, these occur every day.
We can build up a clearer picture of what occurs more regularly.
What are your periods telling you?
I love treating people who have periods. They tell an acupuncturist such a lot and give us excellent signs of what is happening internally.
Please note though those periods which don't look like this (see my blog post) are not considered normal. And if anything is happening which is concerning you, I would urge you to get in touch with your doctor.
What do your urine and stools tell us?
People might feel uncomfortable when I ask these questions. But I promise there is zero judgement. I ask because the information can be invaluable to corroborate or deny my diagnosis.
And often people don't know what the colour of their urine is or how often you go.
I didn't use to consider how often I went for a wee. But I do now. And it gives me lots to consider about my general health.