What is a Pattern Diagnosis?

From the perspective of Chinese medicine, illness is caused by imbalances between various forces and substances within the body (mind and spirit included). An individual's tendency toward a particular imbalance fits within a category called a pattern.

Pattern diagnosis is the name that practitioners give to identify the patient's state of health. For example, some common diagnoses are "liver blood deficiency", "spleen qi deficiency", and "kidney yang deficiency" to name a few. 

Chinese dietary therapy seeks to correct the patient's imbalances with proper food choices. Read more on Chinese food therapy and the basic philosophy of Chinese medicine.