During the consultation with a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the quality of the pulse, the appearance of the tongue and a series of questions assist the practitioner to take a holistic approach, by identifying the underlying cause.
For example, if you experience indigestion and bloating after the eating, the consultation may reveal a stressful job or life situation. The theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that stress affects the liver, which in turn affects the stomach and spleen, creating the resulting indigestion and bloating. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are used, with the aim of bringing the liver (the underlying cause) into balance. It would then be usual to see the symptoms of indigestion and bloating resolve, making eating a pleasant experience again.