Sounds (Listening) and Odors (Smelling) in TCM Acupuncture Theory

Listening to a persons voice and noticing any particular body odors that they may have are a basic part of the "Four Examinations" in Chinese medicine. Along with the more precise diagnostic tools such as pulse and tongue diagnosis, listening and smelling provide valuable input to form an appropriate TCM diagnosis.

While used more as a casual observation by most TCM practitioners, listening and smelling form an integral part of the Classical Five Element color, sound, odor and emotion (CSOE) method of diagnosis.

Listening Diagnosis - Voice and Breath

Quality

Indications

sudden loss of voicewind heat
gradual loss of voicelu qi or yin def
loudexcess
softdeficiency
reluctance to speakcold or def
excessive speakingheat or excess

5 Element Qualities

element - meridian

shoutingwood - lv
laughingfire - ht
singsongearth - sp
cryingmetal - lu
groaningwater - kd

Smelling Diagnosis - Body Odors

Quality

Indications

strong scentheat
bad breathst heat a/or food stagnation
strong smelling stoolsheat and dampness
strong smelling urineheat and dampness

5 Element Qualities

element - meridian

rancidwood - lv
burntfire - ht
sweetearth - sp
rankmetal - lu
putridwater - kd

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