“Even carefully collected results can be misleading if the underlying context of assumptions is wrong”. Bernd Heinrich
A diagnostic evaluation in Oriental Medicine determines the level of disturbance in overall energy (Qi) of a patient, the intensity of expression of the disturbance, and the subsystems that give access to that disturbance. This provides an understanding of the manifestations and course of the disorder as well as the patient's constitutional strengths and weaknesses.
The behavior background and evolution of disease are of great interest, as is its precise histopathological description. However, the assessment of diagnoses relay on subjective evaluation and the success or failure of a treatment initiative or strategic plan in my practice, is largely dependent on my skills of understanding the complexity of patient's conditions. Therefore, the intuitive or common-sense approach and experience-based strategies I use in clinical decisions are corroborated by Western medical diagnostic tools (laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, orthopedic tests) that can guide me into more accurate diagnosis formulation, a better treatment protocol and more professional interdisciplinary collaborations.