Prehaps the cornerstone of Acupuncture examination is pulse diagnosis whereby the doctor, by feeling the pulse, is able to determine the balance of the twelve (12) meridians. This ancient methond of diagnosis is giving way to modern electronic evaluation referred to as "ryodoraku" or "electro meridian imaging" (EMI). The doctor places a small electronic pen on the skin over specific Acupoints. By way of a sensitive metering device, the electro potential of the point is measured. This examination is extremely reliable and is quickly becoming the standard method of diagnosis internationally.
Many physicians utilize applied kinesiology, which is an examiniation involving testing certain muscles and correlating them to the associated meridian. Case history and consultation play a vital role in determining what is abnormal as does simple palpataion over specific body parts.