Manual testing is testing done by hand or observation. This type of testing has been lost inwestern medicine. It is a skill or an art that takes practice and time. It can’t be learned if your average patient visit is 5 minutes, it is just not possible. Therefore people who dismiss this type of testing have never really tried to maser it.
In western medicine your pulse is simply a number like 72 pulses per minute. However 3000 years ago the Chinese knew that you could read a pulse determine the function of any organ of the body.
The tongue has specific areas that show how your body is functioning.
There are literally thousands of acupressure points. When I evaluate you I palpate many of them. I find patterns of sore acupressure points. For instance a diabetic will have many liver, pancreas and kidney points that are sore. As you go on a health program and get better, those points should become less and less sore.
Muscle testing is where you touch an acupressure point on your body while the doctor tests the strength of one of your muscles. If there is a weakness then the area of that acupressure point will become part of the investigation.
You can test remedies against that point. For instance if you touch a point that relates to your kidney you will be asked to hold a formula for the kidney. If while you hold that formula you get stronger then that formula may be part of your healing program. This is nice because while there may be many different great kidney formulas, one will be the best for you.
While palpation finds big glaring problems, muscle testing finds more subtle hidden problems. Muscle testing is not a good name for this procedure. It should be called reflex testing because you are using a muscle as a reflex to determine what is going on in the body. You are not investigating the muscle.
The more tools a doctor can use the better. No one tool tells you everything
Manual testing is necessary because I can use them to determine that you are getting better incrementally.
Western medicine will often use one test like a blood test. They then put you on a medication and tell you to come back in 6 months. You have no idea how you are doing until that next visit, there are no subtleties and the tests are so expensive that doing re tests are often cost prohibitive.
Muscle testing, palpation, tongue and pulse diagnosis are tools that can be used every visit. I use them to see incremental changes and to make modifications in your health program as you get better.