Diagnosis in Acupuncture & Natural Medicine is fundamental to obtaining results. At North Florida Acupuncture we utilize a variety of traditional and modern diagnostic methods to provide a more comprehensive diagnosis leading to treatment of the individual. This not only includes are traditional and modern methods, but also integrates the use of traditional lab work provided by patients from their other health care providers. 

Pulse Diagnosis

Pulse Diagnosis is a foundational part of the 4 pillars of diagnosis which include looking, listening, asking, and palpating. North Florida Acupuncture utilizes Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® as created by Dr. Leon Hammer, MD for its method of pulse diagnosis. Chinese Pulse Diagnosis can be utilized to determine which systems of the body are most affected by a patients conditions, aids in diagnosis of the individual, and provides prognosis for the patient’s condition.

Chinese Pulse Diagnosis is simply performed with the patient sitting with the arms near heart level. Both pulses are felt simultaneously by the practitioner, assessing the rate, rhythm, width, pliability, and shape of the pulse in the 6 Principal Positions or in one of the 21 Complementary Positions. Assessment can be as short as 5 minutes or last up to 45 minutes depending on the depth of analysis. Pulse diagnosis can reveal in-depth diagnostic interpretation of the patient of both Organ health and psychological assessments.

Abdominal Diagnosis

Abdominal Diagnosis is a fundamental diagnostic tool utilized in the Japanese styles of acupuncture. Often referred to as Hara Diagnosis, North Florida Acupuncture utilizes a version of abdominal diagnosis based on the works of Kiiko Matsumoto, LAc. Various acupuncture points and regions of the body are palpated for flaccidity or tone, pressure or pain on palpation, and tension in these various zones. 

Each zone or region represents a system in the body with reactivity on palpation acting much like an alarm, alerting the practitioner to the more problematic areas and system. Abdominal Diagnosis is commonly combined with Korean Hand Therapy treatments to improve the sensitivity of these areas of the body to promote healing throughout the person, clearing away blocks to treatment, and speeding the healing process.

Tongue Diagnosis

Tongue Diagnosis is another fundamental aspect of the 4 pillars of diagnosis utilizing the “looking” pillar. Visual inspection of the tongue will often include that of shape, texture, color, and coating. The tongue is a map of the internal organ systems according to Chinese Medicine with the tip reflecting the Heart, just posterior to the tip the Lungs, in the center of the tongue the Spleen-Pancreas & Stomach, on the sides of the tongue the Liver/Gallbladder, and the root of the tongue reflecting the Kidney, Bladder, and Intestines. 

Tongue Diagnosis is used to determine various pathological conditions according to Chinese Medicine including heart & circulation disorders, blood and body fluids status, nervous system and emotional conditions, and digestive function.

Applied Kinesiology/Muscle Testing

Applied Kinesiology (AK), commonly referred to as muscle testing, is a technique used by a variety of practitioners across the world including medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, massage therapist, mental health counselors, and laypersons as a way to communicate and gather information about the body. The word kinesiology is defined as the “study of motion” and as Applied Kinesiology in practice, used to assess a response in the human body via the nervous system through a muscle strength response test. The muscle test involves a binary response of either yes or no, making either a weak muscle go strong or a strong muscle go weak in relationship to various stimuli. Muscle testing can be a way for a practitioner to interact with the body’s bioelectrical current and make assessments based on the response of muscle to resistance, potentially revealing information to the practitioner about possible organ or gland stress, acupuncture meridian assessments, structural imbalances or areas of pain, and reactions to various substances including herbal and homeopathic remedies that may be of benefit to the patient. Some practitioners prefer to test the patient’s muscles and other prefer to test themselves while contacting the patient in assessing acupuncture points, areas of pain, or an area of structural imbalance. There is no right or wrong way and each method has its pros and cons and most practitioners use methods that best align with their diagnostic skill sets.

While no healing or assessment system is full proof or without error, Applied Kinesiology can be used by practitioners to further refine the patient’s assessment and gather information on potential stressors to one’s system that may not be easily identified by other means. Our use of Applied Kinesiology and muscle testing techniques primarily utilizes the testing of acupuncture reflex points along with homeopathic preparations of various substances, nutritional supplements, or herbal medicine to attempt to determine possible areas of stress and needed support within a person’s system. It has been our experience that utilizing these techniques can be revealing to the patient about certain stressors that potentially are having an effect on their body and provide the practitioner with information and possible remedy selection to support the over health and well-being of the patient. We utilize these techniques as standard part of our intake analysis on almost all patients along with other traditional assessments of pulse, tongue, and abdominal palpation to form a more complete assessment and clinical picture.

Integra Urinalysis Panel

The Integra Urinalysis Panel offer comprehensive assessment of the body’s metabolic functions utilizing the patient’s first morning urine void. Assessment of the urine includes physical, chemical, and microscopic examination of the urine specimen. Lab results from the sample provide of 50 different biological markers that can be utilized in diagnosis and prognosis of the patient’s condition. Patient’s lab results can be monitored noting improvement in metabolic by products during the treatment process as a secondary method of analysis.

The Integra Urinalysis Panel include biomarkers related to the following:

  • Cellular Oxidation-Reduction 
  • The Neuro-Endocrine System
  • Immune & Inflammation
  • Cell Mitochondria Function
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Liver & Gallbladder Function
  • Digestive Health
  • Kidney Function
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Toxemia
  • Growth Factors

Combining Urinalysis diagnosis allowing with traditional & other modern methods of assessment allows for greater analysis and individualized treatment for patients.

North Florida Acupuncture




4509 NW 23rd Ave, Suite 19C Gainesville , FL , 32606 USA