Mr. CattuciAccupuncture Carlos Valdez Mr. Catt uci Acupuncture Acupuncture is a system of therapy involving the needling of precisely specified points on the surface of the body. This is in accordance with a coherent physiology derived from the philosophical concepts of humans and their relationships with the natural environment. It was first developed during the Chou dynasty (1030 BC to 221 BC) of Chinese history. Acupuncture in particular, is the concept of energy. This energy, which seems to correspond to fluctuations in the body's Electro-magnetic field, is described as flowing along path ways near the surface of the skin. Evaluation of the exact nature and degree of energy imbalance, resulting in disease is the aim of traditional Chinese diagnostic procedures.

These involve a precise, sequential consideration of data, obtained by clinical observations, interrogation to obtain a detailed case of history, and palpation of the pulses. There are three main methods of diagnosis that are employed in the clinic: looking, asking and palpating, all of which contribute to a full and accurate diagnosis of the patient's condition. By looking at the patient's face, body and movements, the practitioner is already beginning to create a diagnosis. Another major diagnostic tool is the tongue. It is said that the state of the internal organs is reflected in the tongue, and the practitioner will note the color and shape of the tongue as well as its coating.

All patients can expect their pulse to be taken. Unlike a Western doctor, the acupuncturist is not feeling merely the speed of the patient's pulse. The practitioner will feel for changes in the quality of the pulse under their fingers. They will also use three fingers over each wrist; in Chinese medicine different pulse positions correspond to different organs of the body. If an irregularity is felt in a specific position, the practitioner is then able to focus their treatment to correct it. Secondly, any areas of pain may be palpated to seek sore or tender spots.

Both practitioners and students operating in the U.T.S. Acupuncture Clinic adhere strictly to the clinic's Code of Conduct regarding aseptic techniques. Precautions such as using only sterilised single-use needles, sterilizing all other equipment routinely before and after each use, proper disposal of contaminated waste (needles, swabs, gloves), use of gloves, use of swabs, etc. Used needles are placed immediately into yellow sharps containers, hands are washed in antiseptic solution before and after contact with patients, and bed linen is changed after each patient has been treated.