Medicine uses two diagnosis patterns: objective diagnosis and subjective diagnosis.
Western medicine usually uses objective diagnosis whereby the physician considers the symptoms and focuses on alleviating the symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses subjective diagnosis whereby the therapist looks at the individual causes of the disease and aims to change the contributing factors in order to terminate the illness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the view of holism, also considers the influence of seasonal and climatic changes on the human body. TCM sees disease as a temporary imbalance of the body, rather than a steadfast condition. The mental, physical and emotional aspects of a person’s being are all considered, along with functioning problems, rather than resultant problems.
In this way, TCM is seen to be a mutual connection of information between the patient and practitioner where both parties need to share knowledge and work as a team to combat imbalance within the body. Chronic or serious health problems may require additional consultations on an average of 4-6 weeks after initial treatment.