Pulse Diagnosis

5 elementsEasy pulse diagnosis for 7 most common health ailments
1) Liver Qi stagnation- wiry, strong, not thready and not deep.
2) Qi and Blood stagnation- wiry and firm.
3) Liver Yang ascending-wiry, strong and pumping
4) Liver (inner) wind-wiry, floating and strong
5) Liver and gallbladder fire- wiry, strong and rapid
6) Liver and gallbladder damp heat- wiry, strong, slippery and rapid
7) Liver and kidney yin deficiency- wiry, deep and thready
Easy tips to remember when taking a pulse from teachers notes.
Liver and bladder deficiency- wiry, right guan(spleen pulse) deep and thread
The pulse is wiry when there is cold stagnation in the body
When there is Cold in the skin (outer layer of the body) the pulse is wiry and a little floating.
If the condition is untreated the cold moved deeper to the meridians and extremities then the pulse is wiry and tight
When the cold enters the internal organs the pulse becomes very strong and deep
If the cold is located in the chest the 1 st cun pulse is deep
When the cold is in the spleen the guan pulse is deep
When the cold is in the kidneys then the chi pulse is deep.

Chinese names in PINYIN of the 24 main pulses

1. Superficial- FU
2. Deep – CHEN
3. Slippery- HUA
4. Uneven- SE
5. Rapid- SHUO
6. Slow-CHI
7. Long – CHANG
8. Short – DUAN
9. Wiry – XIAN
10. Tense – JIN
11. Thready – XI
12. Full- HONG
13. Soft – RU
14. Hollow – KOU
15. Scattered – SAN
16. Weak – XU
17. Feeble – WEI
18. Hidden – FU
19. Firm – SHI
20. Tremulous- Dong
21. Running – CU
22. Knotted – JIE
23. Intermittent – DAI
24. Swift- JI

By feeling different sections of the pulse on different parts of the body the T.C.M practitioner can diagnose a person's health condition. It is of course not the only diagnostic method a T.C.M doctor has but it is a very important one. Diagnosis through the pulse is also used in Ayurvedic medicine so it is not the property of a particular tradition. In ancient Greece it is also said to have been used but eventually discarded as it requires special sensitivity of the practitioner to make correct diagnosis. Hippocrates mentions that diagnosing through the pulse needs the doctor to have a sense of feeling music through the finger tips.