One of the many things I enjoy about Japanese acupuncture is the refinement of all my senses to gather information on a patient’s landscape, so to speak.
By palpating the abdomen, I can assess where there is excess accumulation by sensing the hard or hot areas.
If an area feels weak, like a deflated balloon, this means resilience is lacking. When I sense cold in an area this has clinical significance, as well, it needs to be warmed up.
Besides palpating the abdomen, we touch the chest to see if heat is stuck there. [Read more…]