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Pulse Diagnosis

Pulse diagnosis is anchored in more than 2000 years of TCM tradition

Pulse palpation plays an important role in TCM, as it provides an objective representation of the body’s condition.
TCM therapists still use the basics of pulse palpation documented by the 3rd century Chinese physician Wang Shu He (“The Pulse Classic”/”Mai Jing”).
In modern times practitioners such as Leon Hammer have expanded the understanding of pulse diagnosis, but all TCM therapists start with the knowledge passed down from Wang Shu He: speed, depth, width, power etc. and their possible meanings.

Wang Shu He, author of the "Mai Jing," the first book of TCM Pulse Diagnosis

Pulse Diagnosis: How It Works

In TCM we feel the pulse in three positions on both wrists. Each position represents the state of a different organ system or part of the body. I often ask clarifying questions while feeling the pulse because it gives me more information. These objective signs help me distinguish why a particular symptom arose. For example, many individuals suffer from fatigue. The pulse can help me understand why a person has no energy available: whether they have less energy overall, or are stressed, or about to catch the flu, etc.

Pulse Diagnosis in TCM

From Pulse to Diagnosis

The pulse alone does not comprise a complete diagnosis, but is an important stepping stone on the way. I take away many clues from our conversation, your pulse, and further examinations, all of which together give me a picture of your inner landscape. This allows me to make a complete diagnosis and establish an appropriate treatment plan.

Pulse Diagnosis as a Mirror of the Inner Landscape


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