Pulse diagnosis

Pulse diagnosis is an art that enables the practitioner to acquire detailed information about the state of the qi and blood of all meridians and organs in the body, not only about the patients physical health, but also about the state of their psychological and spiritual well being. Use of the pulse dates back far into antiquity, and we are lucky it has survived until today because it is difficult to learn and difficult to teach. There are 3 pulse positions on each wrist, 2 meridians/organs are felt in each position, 1 superficially and 1 deep, on the left arm we find, small intestine, heart, gall bladder, liver, bladder and kidney. On the right side we find the large intestine, lung, stomach, pancreas and spleen. If there is an excess of qi in 1 position, the pulse beat will be more vigorous, if there is a deficiency the position will be empty with no beat. Excess qi is usually a sign of pain, deficiency of qi will cause symptoms. There are also 5 main qualities of pathological qi. Wind (emotions) will feel rough, heat will feel sharp, dampness (like a fungal infection) will feel soft, dryness will feel hard, and cold (like a virus, bacteria, or antibiotics etc) will also feel hard. Excess or deficient quantities of qi, as well as the 5 qualities of qi, speak to all disease. Its easy to see how powerful pulse diagnosis can become in the hands of an adept. It is possible to feel things within the body that many would think impossible, for example, pain, pregnancy, depression, fibroids, capsulitis, insomnia, the presence of medication like HRT or antibiotics, gall stones, enlargement of a heart chamber, arthritis, lower back pain, auto immune reactions, diabetes and so on. Pulse diagnosis takes many years to master and is life time of study. It is the jewel in the crown of Chinese medicine.