Four Examinations: Stage 3 – Inquiring/Asking

Foundations of Chinese Medicine (continued) – The Four Examinations

The four examinations are:-

1. Inspection/looking

2. Listening and smelling

3. Inquiry/asking

4. Palpation/touching

This week I will focus on stage 3 – Inquiry/asking


In my clinic I complete my initial consultation form in this stage. It is one of the most important sources of gathering information. I take basic information such as name, date
of birth, contact details including an emergency contact, GP details, a list of
medication, details of past medical history, present condition and reasons they
are coming for treatment. I then ask questions relating to the following areas:

  1. Headaches or dizziness
  2. Joint/muscular pain
  3. Other pain (e.g. chest or abdomen)
  4. Lung or breathing problems/allergies
  5. Heart/palpitations/blood pressure
  6. Appetite/digestion/diet/tastes
  7. Temperature (hot/cold)/ sweats/ thirst
  8. Sleep
  9. Stools/urine
  10. Skin/hair/nails/body shape/appearance
  11. Eyes/ears
  12. Energy levels
  13. Emotions
  14. Occupation/hobbies
  15. Support
  16. Gynaecological history
  17. And anything else that I have missed that the person thinks is relevant!

Next week I will discuss palpation/touching

Review of my week

I have had a good week especially as we have seen some lovely autumnal days where the sky has been blue, the sun has shined but it has been cold and you have had to wrap up warm. I love those days. The metal element is linked to autumn and is the key to:

  • Boosting your immune system
  • Better breathing
  • Super skin
  • Letting go of grief
  • Eliminating toxins from your bowel

What did I learn?

I completed my level 2 training in Emotional Freedom Technique at the weekend. I am intending to offer this treatment at my clinic and soon I will write details of what to expect in my treatment section of the website. A free manual to download can be found
at I was trained by Masha Bennett and would recommend Masha as she is a brilliant teacher. Details of Masha can be found at I really enjoyed the experience especially as I worked with a lovely group of people all eager to learn. I am keen to start practising as soon as possible.

Speak to you soon.

Lorraine x

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