Why does an acupuncturist look at my tongue and feel my pulse?

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The tongue and pulses are windows into the state of your overall health and quality of your Chi. The size, coating and moisture content of your tongue reveal information about your organ systems and their related meridians. (Please do not brush your tongue before a treatment.) The quality of your pulses reveal excess, deficiency and stagnation of your meridians. The tongue and pulses combined with your overall presentation and what you tell me create a specific picture of the kind of treatment you need that day.