- Comprehensive diagnosis with the methods of Western medicine, with particular emphasis on the exclusion of malignant illnesses.
- Exact analysis of the symptoms and, especially in chronic and complicated cases, classification of them according to the system of traditional Chinese diagnosis. The differentiation with the most bearing on therapy is that into excess or deficiency conditions. Disturbances caused by excess, Shi in Chinese, are treated with sedative methods, while deficiency disturbances, Xu, are treated with tonifying methods. Moxibustion is an important tonifying method. Points should be selected with careful reference to these diagnostic categories.
- Examination and allocation of pain and of other symptoms to channels and organs.
- Knowledge of the 12 main channels, and of Ren Mai and Du Mai, their courses, their relations, and the distribution of specific points. Knowledge of the point categories, their indications and meanings.
- Exact location of the points, precisely correct technique of insertion, and adequate depth of needle insertion, and appropriate stimulation (sedative or tonifying method).
By G Stux