Diagnostic Patterns

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostic Patterns

Below you will find links to the 56 TCM diagnostic patterns available to explore on our site. Within each diagnostic pattern section you will find pointers to related information such as acupuncture protocols, herbal formulas, blog articles/research and more. You may use this section to explore the ways in which Chinese Medicine may approach resolving a diagnostically significant imbalance.

TCM Pattern of the Day

Heart Yin Deficiency

Similar to Blood Deficiency but with more anxiety and restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, easily startled, poor memory, fidgeting, mallor flush, night sweats, heat in the 5 palms, dry mouth.

Due to how Chinese Medicine works there is an interweaving between "conditions" and "patterns" - i.e. a pattern can exhibit with many issues/symptoms and an issue/symptom may be driven by any number of potential patterns. This is where the diagnostic techniques within Chinese Medicine are critical - finding and resolving the "root" imbalance, as opposed to chasing after symptoms (basic guide here).

We also have a meta list grouped by issues/symptoms that you may explore.

Issue/Symptom of the Day


Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) involving damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. It causes the body to not get the oxygen it needs. Emphysema makes it hard to catch your breath. The...

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