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Pulse & Abdominal Diagnosis

  • Three positions on the wrists are palpated three levels deep.
  • The abdomen is palpated for qualities including cold/heat.
  • These assess basic organ/channel functioning in the upper, middle and lower aspects of the body and 12 channels – including digestive, liver, gall bladder, lungs, kidney, urinary, bowel and more.

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As a dedicated client at Eight Elements West you may have received a Complimentary Guest Session for a pulse and abdominal assessment with Andrea Plichta, MS, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist.
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Pulse reading is the main diagnostic tool a Chinese Medicine practitioner utilizes to assess a patient’s overall health condition. By palpating the patient’s radial pulse, the practitioner evaluates both the quality of the circulatory system and the meridian system of Chinese Medicine. From this the practitioner can draw correlations between the quantity of blood circulation and the health of specific organs, tissues and joints.

The abdominal diagnosis is a reading that assesses vital organs held within the container of the abdomen. In understanding the abdominal environment, the practitioner gains a deeper insight into the root treatment of organs, surrounding muscles, tissues and interstitial space.

The tongue reading is a third type of assessment tool in Chinese Medicine. The tongue is an extension of the digestive system. It reflects the root of 5 organ systems in the body. Through inspection of specific tongue qualities, a practitioner can discern the environment of the body, and whether it is in proper balance – is it hot or cold, damp or dry, deficient or blocked in circulation ?

Conditions Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine treat:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Cold & Flu/Viruses
  • Menopausal Condition
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Viral Infections– Lyme’s, Shingles, Herpes, Hepatitis
  • Auto Immune Disorders – MS, RA, Gout, IBS, Chron’s

Schedule an appointment
This 15 minutes is offered for $15 (reg. $25) as a service to clients of Eight Elements. For sessions cancelled or re-scheduled in less than 24 hours, a $15 fee is applied with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Warriors Live On.   Call 858-459-0899.


Secondary confirmation for thorough diagnosis of presenting conditions: Palpation for cold, warmth, aortic pulse, and quality of the tissues informs treatment methodology.

Andrea Plichta
Andrea Plichta, M.S., L.Ac., is both a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), California Acupuncture Licensing Board (CALE), and the Colorado State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. She graduated from Southwest Acupuncture in Boulder, CO, maintains a current license as a massage therapy and HHP since 2000 and a Pilates instructor since 2003.

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