medical diagnosis in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine

Oriental Medical Diagnosis

Are you in need of an accurate Chinese medical diagnosis? Our Cleveland clinic has been helping the people of the greater Cleveland area with traditional Oriental medical diagnosis for more than 26 years.

Western syndromes such as metabolic syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraine headache, and the various chronic pain syndromes are not based on objective or scientific criteria, nor do they assist the physician in formulating treatment. Often, a more complete and useful diagnosis can be made by application of the diagnostic techniques of the traditional Oriental medical systems.

Pulse diagnosis, hara palpation, tongue diagnosis and examination of the channels and collaterals of the body are the mainstay of diagnosis, when combined with expert questioning and listening. Formulation of a clear diagnosis is also necessary to determine if acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are having the correct effect when applied.

For more than 2500 years, generations of patients and physicians have depended on acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and special exercises to provide preventative care, basic medical treatment and correction of complex disorders, diseases, and pain.

Before the initial consultation appointment, we send a questionnaire as well as advance paperwork for the patient to fill out and return at least one week before the first appointment. This provides adequate time to review the submitted information. The first consultation is scheduled to last for about an hour, and at that time, questioning is done in more depth, and an examination of the channels (also known as meridians), tongue, pulse, abdomen, chest, back, and extremities is performed. More specialized exams may be indicated after the results of the first consultation are considered.

A urine sample can also provide valuable clinical information. During the initial consultation, the results are discussed with the patient, and options for treatment are explored. If acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine is appropriate, these options can be scheduled.

Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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