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Once referred, patients are then diagnosed by a Chinese doctor. The doctor and the patient are supported linguistically by translators. These translators perform an important role in communicating not only the needs of their patients to their Chinese doctors, but they also build a relationship of trust which patients must experience in receiving and understanding treatment.

TCM methods to diagnose a patient's condition are based on the Chinese medical theory in identifying clinical "patterns of dysfunction". A doctor is guided by four classic diagnostic methods that were systematized in Chinese medical literature around the 4th Century BC.

  • Observing the patient's expression, color, appearance and tongue;
  • Listening to the patient;
  • Inquiring about the disease condition and duration;
  • Feeling the pulse to find out its quality, power, rate and rhythm, and palpating the body for any abnormality.

Once gathered, this patient data is then structured by using one or more of the conceptual templates, of TCM theory. These templates, which organize the patient's symptoms into specific "patterns of dysfunction", guide the practioner in defining the therapeutic approaches of acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, dietary changes and/or other traditional techniques that could be used. A combination of these TCM therapies is often used to effectively treat a patient.

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