The 5 elements are used to explain in simple terms what science has determined through complex experiments. By contrast, the complexity of modern patients, especially those who are older and suffer from numerous diseases, means that within one individual there is a complex of deficiencies and excesses, of internal and surface disorders, of stagnation and looseness, and influences of drugs, surgery, and daily habits that don't fit any traditional pattern. We will explore the ways of ancient wisdom and compare the differences and similarities between these time- tested-methods of pulse diagnosis. A pulse that is extremely forceful and feels like it's bursting at the seams is not healthy, however; it indicates a condition of congestion or excess. Their work is part wisdom of the ages and part scientific method, updated and completely relevant to the 21st century diagnostician. It indicates energy blockages, mucus blocks, moving clots, cysts, tumors, and even cancer.
Ear acupuncturists using Dr Paul Nogier's system feel your radial pulse when treating acupuncture points in your ear. It feels like a knife scraping bamboo. Training and Preparation for Pulse Diagnosis Pulse diagnosis requires that you first clear the mind of all extraneous thoughts and distractions, then focus it completely on feeling the patient's pulses through your fingertips. Ama in the pulse can also produce low quality tissue. Its natural home is on the medial, or middle aspect of the finger. Sometimes referred to as the deep pulse. For example, the leathery pulse is the combination of hollow and wiry; weak-superficial is another name for both weak and superficial; firm or hard means the combination of deep, full, wiry, and long; etc.
Be thorough and differentiate the truth. The position of the index finger denotes the Vata dosha. This obstruction of natural flow Vata can be felt in the pulse. There are two different depths at which you can feel the pulse, deep and shallow. Essence deficiency, the result of chronic illness, can give rise to this pulse type.
It is here that we discover our mental imbalance or balance and identify the deeper flow of consciousness as defined by chakras. Understanding movement, rate, and rhythm of the pulse can be a tool for understanding the body. The Chinese term indicating a blood vessel or a meridian which are two interlinked concepts; see Drawing a concept: jingluo is mai, and the same term is used to describe the pulse. Most of this material is also available on Hakim Chishti's website, , on its Pulse Diagnosis page. Therefore, pulse diagnosis should be within the grasp of all practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. As a general rule, we know that a deficiency of yin will lead to an excess of yang. This is a theme that persists throughout Chinese medical history, and applies to modern medical diagnostics as well where medical doctors are chided for having missed a diagnosis by not performing all necessary tests or by carelessly interpreting the test results.
Pulse from both wrists are taken. Pulse spikes can also be used to get a feel for someone's constitutional makeup of humor and temperament. Select a quiet environment; close all doors and windows; gain the trust of your patient so that the patient can completely convey everything that is pertinent to the condition. The Tai Chi movement represents the ability of living systems to continuously regulate and renew themselves and to regulate this process in such a way that their integrity and structure is maintained--what is today sometimes called autopoiesis. The right side is more masculine, energetic and Yang in nature, according to Chinese thinking, whereas the left side is more feminine, substantial and Yin. The great virtue and advantage of pulse diagnosis is that it enables the physician to read this River of Life in real time, and perceive directly the action of the vital principles, the condition of the humors, internal organs and their physiological functions as they happen.
Each method will be looked at and then assessed in combination with the other methods to illuminate what the pulse shows on its own, and what each method uniquely brings to the pulse. Let me repeat that organ pulses are not an essential component of pulse diagnosis. When the throbbing of the pulse under the ring finger is most noticeable, it is a sign of Kapha constitution. The interpretation is based on what each method is looking for. The pulse can become rapid from activity prior to pulse taking. They're all sharp, smooth, well-toned, keen and quite painless. They do not know the importance and principles of the complexion and pulses.
In Douilliard's method the deep layer of the pulse is the layer of the soul. In China, researchers hoped to illustrate the value of the wrist pulses as a diagnostic method and also to aid in standardizing their measurement by devising modern devices for getting an objective pulse form. Yet, those involved with modern Chinese medicine should not dismiss the pulse simply because a variety of factors need to be taken into account; it becomes necessary to become aware of these factors and give adequate time and attention so as to limit their potential for confusing the interpretation. When taking the pulse the fingers can lie on the surface or press deeper to find different levels of the pulse. Often, there is not enough time available to perform a complete pulse diagnosis. Even with the more limited use of pulse diagnosis that has been advocated by many authorities-relying on only about half of the basic pulse categories to get the fundamental differentiation-the results of the pulse taking can be applied to determining the therapeutic strategy. Does the Pulse quality apply only to the pulse being taken? Halpern selects those papers that he feels are appropriate to publish.
Once the bottom has been touched, you come up a little until you can feel the pulse again. It is our mind's eye that truly reads the pulse and not the fingers alone. As we move further into the understanding of the pulse we find that the way the Doshas manifest in the body is interpreted differently by different lineages. A Slow pulse is less than 2 beats per breath. The distinction between right and left wrist is somewhat more ambiguous and subtle.