Taking the pulse from a Classical Chinese Perspective

Chinese pulse diagnosis gives so much information as to what is happening in the body. The practitioners three fingers are very gentle laid on the radial artery of the patient. The pulses you feel in the crux just past the wrist. Slowly pressing down and you can feel the walls of the artery and the blood moving through it. You can feel the texture of the vessel itself. You hear the rhythm of the pulse. You can feel how thick or thin the blood is. The blood moves through the whole body so listening/observing the quality of the pulse at the wrist, is like a small reflection of the vascularity in the rest of the body.

Chinese pulse diagnosis has been documented and debated in the Chinese Medicine Classics since at least the last 2000 years, when the Yellow Emperor’s Classic 黃帝內經 was compiled.

Here is a link to Acupuncturist Ann Cecil-Sterman’s paintings of how she feels the pulse.

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