Why Does My Acupuncturist Want to Touch My Stomach?
Even if you are coming in to see your acupuncturist for a problem unrelated to your abdomen, he/she will still want to palpate it because your belly can tell your acupuncturist a lot about what is going on with the rest of your body. This process is called the Hara diagnosis.
Though many traditional East Asian medicine practitioners utilize this method of diagnosis, it originally began as a Japanese invention, developed and utilized by skilled Japanese Zen Shiatsu practitioners.
In Zen Shiatsu, the abdomen is the source of qi or energy, and all diseases stem from this area. Therefore you can feel everything by diagnosing the abdomen. It takes a practitioner many years to develop the skills necessary to feel the subtle changes presented by your tummy, but it is an invaluable tool for practitioners of traditional East Asian medicine in diagnosing and treating.
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