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Pulses

CAM TERMS SUPERFICIAL DEEP SLOW RAPID DEFICIENT EXCESS SURGING THREADY ROLLING HESITANT STRING-TAUT TENSE SOFT WEAK ABRUPT KNOTTED REGULARLY-INTERMITTENT MACIOCIA TERMS FLOATING DEEP SLOW RAPID EMPTY FULL OVERFLOWING FINE/THIN SLIPPERY CHOPPY WIRY TIGHT SOGGY/WEAK-FLOATING WEAK HASTY KNOTTED INTERMITTENT DENG TERMS FLOATING DEEP SLOW RAPID VACUOUS REPLETE SURGING FINE SLIPPERY ROUGH STRING-LIKE TIGHT SOGGY WEAK SKIPPING BOUND REGULARLY-INTERMITTENT

SUPERFICIAL: EASILY FELT WITH GENTLE TOUCH

FLOATING: FELT WITH A LIGHT PRESSURE OF THE FINGERS, JUST RESTING THE FINGERS ON THE ARTERY

FLOATING: CLEARLY FELT WITH LIGHT PRESSING, SOMEWHAT WEAK WITH HEAVY PRESSING

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

EXTERIOR SYNDROMES
PRESENT AT EARLY STAGE OF EXOGENOUS DISEASE

EXTERIOR PATTERN FROM AN


INVASION BY AN EXTERIOR PATHOGENIC FACTOR FLOATING AND TIGHT: INDICATES:

EXTERIOR PATTERNS

FLOATING AND TIGHT: INDICATES:

WIND-COLD
FLOATING AND RAPID: INDICATES:

WIND-COLD

FLOATING AND RAPID: INDICATES:

WIND-HEAT
SUPERFICIAL, LARGE, AND WEAK: INDICATES: BUT EMPTY AT THE DEEP LEVEL:

WIND-HEAT

FLOATING AT THE SUPERFICIAL LEVEL, FLOATING, FORCELESS, AND EMPTY:

PROLONGED ENDOGENOUS DISEASE INDICATES: OUTWARD FLOATING OF YANG QI INTERIOR CONDITIONS CRITICAL SIGN RARE: CANCER, ANEMIA

INDICATES: INSUFFICIENCY OF YIN THEN THERE WILL BE A SIGN OF:

WATER DEPARTING BLOOD NOT NOURISHING THE HEART ESSENCE NOT TRANSFORMING INTO QI CAUSING CENTER VACUITY

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DEEP PULSE: FELT ONLY ON HEAVY PRESSURE

DEEP: BE FELT ONLY WITH A HEAVY PRESSURE OF THE FINGERS AND IS FELT NEAR THE BONE

DEEP: NOT CLEAR WITH LIGHT PRESSING, CLEAR WITH HEAVY PRESSING INDICATES:

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

INTERIOR SYNDROMES

INTERIOR CONDITIONS PROBLEM IS IN THE YIN ORGANS


DEEP AND FULL: INDICATES:

INTERIOR PATTERN DEPRESSION PATTERN WATER SWELLING

DEEP AND FORCEFUL: INDICATES:

INTERIOR SYNDROMES OF THE


EXCESS TYPE

STASIS OF QI OR BLOOD IN THE


INTERIOR

DEEP AND WEAK: INDICATES:

INTERIOR COLD INTERIOR HEAT DEEP AND WEAK:


INDICATES:

INTERIOR SYNDROMES OF THE


DEFICIENT TYPE SLOW PULSE: SLOW, WITH LESS THAN FOUR BEATS PER BREATH, LESS THAN

DEFICIENCY OF QI AND YANG


SLOW PULSE: THREE BEATS PER RESPIRATION CYCLE SLOW PULSE: IN ONE BREATH, THE PULSE DOES NOT COME FOUR TIMES

60 BEATS PER MINUTE


INDICATES: INDICATES:

INDICATES:

COLD SYNDROMES
SLOW AND FORCEFUL: INDICATES:

COLD PATTERN
SLOW AND FULL: INDICATES:

COLD PATTERN

INTERIOR SYNDROMES OF THE


EXCESS TYPE CAUSED BY RETENTION OF YIN COLD IN THE INTERIOR SLOW AND WEAK: INDICATES:

INDICATES FULL-COLD

SLOW AND WEAK: INDICATES:

INTERIOR SYNDROME OF THE


DEFICIENT TYPE DUE TO DEFICIENCY OF YANG QI RAPID PULSE: QUICK, MORE THAN BEATS PER BREATH; MORE THAN BEATS PER MINUTE INDICATES: HEAT SYNDROMES

EMPTY-COLD FORM DEFICIENCY OF


YANG RAPID: MORE THAN FIVE BEATS PER EACH RESPIRATION CYCLE RAPID: FOUR BEATS IN ONE BREATH

5 90

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

HEAT PATTERN

HEAT PATTERN

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RAPID AND FORCEFUL: INDICATES:

RAPID AND FULL: INDICATES:

RACING: SEVEN OR MORE BEATS PER BREATH

EXCESS HEAT RETAINED IN THE INTERIOR & ANTIPATHOGENIC QI IS


STILL STRONG RAPID AND WEAK: INDICATES:

FULL-HEAT

INDICATES:


RAPID, FLOATING AND EMPTY: INDICATES:

EXTREME HEAT YIN EXHAUSTION FLOATING YANG

DEFICIENCY OF YIN IN PROLONGED


ILLNESS RAPID, LARGE, WEAK AND EMPTY PULSE: INDICATES:

EMPTY HEAT FROM YIN DEFICIENCY

OUTWARD FLOATING OF DEFICIENT


YANG DEFICIENCY TYPE PULSE: GENERAL TERM FOR ALL THE FORCELESS PULSES FELT ON THE THREE REGIONS AND THREE LEVELS OF PRESSURE INDICATES: INDICATES: INDICATES: EMPTY: FEELS RATHER BIG BUT FEELS EMPTY ON A SLIGHTLY STRONG PRESSURE AND IS SOFT VACUOUS: LACKS FORCE, EMPTY AND VACUOUS WITH PRESSURE

DEFICIENCY OF QI AND BLOOD


CAUSING DEFICIENCY TYPE SYNDROMES

QI DEFICIENCY

DUAL VACUITY OF QI AND BLOOD

EXCESS TYPE PULSE: GENERAL TERM FULL: FEELS FULL, RATHER HARD FOR ALL THE FORCEFUL PULSES FELT ON THE THREE REGIONS AND THREE LEVELS OF PRESSURE INDICATES: INDICATES: AND RATHER LONG

REPLETE: FORCEFUL WITH TOUCHING AND PRESSING

INDICATES:

EXCESSIVE QI AND BLOOD CAUSED


BY STRONG ANTIPATHOGENIC QI AGAINST THE HYPERACTIVE PATHOGENIC FACTOR SURGING PULSE: BROAD, LARGE, AND FORCEFUL LIKE ROARING WAVES WHICH COME ON POWERFULLY AND FADE AWAY INDICATES:

FULL PATTERN

REPLETION PATTERN HEAT PATTERN

OVERFLOWING: FEELS BIG, LIKE IT OVERFLOWS

SURGING: PULSE ARRIVES LIKE WAVES, ARRIVING FLOURISHING, DEPARTING DEBILITATED

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

EXCESSIVE HEAT

EXTREME HEAT FREQUENTLY APPEARS DURING FELT IN CHRONIC DISEASES

EXUBERANT HEAT

FEVER CHARACTERIZED BY INTERIOR HEAT

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SURGING AND RAPID: INDICATES:

EXCESSIVE HEAT LARGE PULSE: SURGING PULSE THAT


LACKS THE MOMENTUM OF ROARING WAVES

OVERFLOWING BUT EMPTY:

LARGE: PULSE IS LARGE AND FULL, LOCATION IS BROAD

INDICATES: INDICATES:

INDICATES: WITH FORCE: GOVERNS THE ENTRANCE OF DISEASE WITHOUT FORCE: THE OUTWARD FLOATING OF YANG VACUITY

EMPTY-HEAT FROM YIN DEFICIENCY

EXCESSIVE HEAT

THREADY PULSE: FEELS LIKE A FINE THREAD BUT IS VERY DISTINCT AND CLEAR INDICATES:

FINE: THINNER THAN NORMAL

FINE: PULSE IS FINE LIKE THREADY, CLEARLY FELT

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

DEFICIENCY DUE TO OVERSTRAIN


AND STRESS

DEFICIENCY OF BLOOD MAY INDICATE INTERNAL DAMPNESS

VACUITY TAXATION DETRIMENT WITH YIN VACUITY AS PRIMARY DAMP

DEFICIENCY OF QI AND BLOOD FOUND IN WEAK PATIENTS WITH


WEAK BODY CONSTITUTION IN A PROLONGED ILLNESS MANIFESTING AS YIN DEFICIENCY AND BLOOD DEFICIENCY

WITH SEVERE DEFICIENCY OF QI

ROLLING PULSE: FEELS SMOOTH AND SLIPPERY: FEELS SMOOTH, FLOWING LIKE PEARLS ROLLING ON A DISH INDICATES: ROUNDED, AND SLIPPERY TO THE TOUCH, AS IF IT WERE OILY. IT SLIDES UNDER THE FINGERS.

SLIPPERY: ARRIVES SMOOTHLY, THE FINGERS FEEL ROUNDNESS AND SLIPPERINESS

PHLEGM AND RETAINED FLUID RETENTION OF FOOD EXCESSIVE HEAT

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

PHLEGM DAMPNESS RETENTION OF FOOD PREGNANCY SLIPPERY AND WEAK:


INDICATES:

PHLEGM FOOD ACCUMULATION REPLETION HEAT

ROLLING PULSE IN WOMEN DURING PREGNANCY: INDICATES:

PHLEGM OR DAMPNESS WITH A

BACKGROUND OF QI DEFICIENCY

SUFFICIENT AND HARMONIOUS QI


AND BLOOD

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HESITANT PULSE: FEELS ROUGH AND UNEVEN

CHOPPY PULSE: FEELS ROUGH UNDER THE FINGER, IT HAS A JAGGED EDGE TO IT

ROUGH: ARRIVES ROUGHLY, SLOWLY AND STAGNATING, LIKE A LIGHT KNIFE SCRAPING BAMBOO INDICATES:

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

STAGNATION OF QI AND BLOOD ESSENCE IS IMPAIRED BLOOD IS INSUFFICIENT

DEFICIENCY OF BLOOD EXHAUSTION OF FLUIDS MAY OCCUR AFTER PROFUSE AND SWEATING OR VOMITING

PROLONGED HESITANT AND FORCEFUL: INDICATES:

ESSENCE DAMAGE BLOOD DEPLETION QI STAGNATION BLOOD STASIS

STAGNATION OF QI AND BLOOD HESITANT AND WEAK:


INDICATES:

ESSENCE IS IMPAIRED BLOOD IS INSUFFICIENT STRING-TAUT PULSE: FEELS TAUT, STRAIGHT AND LONG, GIVING THE FEELING OF A STRING OF A VIOLIN.
INDICATES:

WIRY: FEELS TAUT LIKE A GUITAR STRING

STRING-LIKE: STRAIGHT AND LONG, LIKE PRESSING ON THE STRING OF A

'QIN'
INDICATES: INDICATES:

DISORDERS OF THE LIVER AND PAINFUL SYNDROMES PHLEGM AND RETAINED FLUID

GALL BLADDER

LIVER DISHARMONY PAIN PHLEGM

LIVER OR GALLBLADDER DISEASE PAIN PATTERN PHLEGM-RHEUM

TENSE PULSE: FEELS TIGHT AND FORCEFUL LIKE A STRETCHED ROPE INDICATES:

TIGHT PULSE: FEELS TWISTED LIKE A THICK ROPE INDICATES:

TIGHT: PULSE ARRIVES TIGHTLY AND WITH FORCE, LIKE A TWISTED ROPE INDICATES:

COLD PAIN RETENTION OF FOOD

COLD FREQUENTLY FELT IN ASTHMA FROM FREQUENTLY FELT IN STOMACH INDICATES PAIN FROM AN INTERIOR

COLD IN THE LUNGS CONDITIONS FROM COLD CONDITION TIGHT, WEAK, AND DEEP: INDICATES:

COLD PAIN FOOD STORAGE

DENOTES INTERIOR EMPTY-COLD

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SOFT PULSE: IS SUPERFICIAL AND THREADY, AND HITS THE FINGERS WITHOUT STRENGTH

SOGGY/WEAK-FLOATING: CAN BE FELT ONLY ON THE SUPERFICIAL LEVEL. IT FEELS VERY SOFT AND IS ONLY SLIGHTLY FLOATING. IT DISAPPEARS WHEN A STRONGER PRESSURE IS APPLIED TO FEEL THE DEEP LEVEL.

SOGGY: FLOATING, FINE, AND SOFT

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

DAMP DISORDERS

PRESENCE OF DAMPNESS WHEN

THIS PATHOGENIC FACTOR OCCURS AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF QI DEFICIENCY WEAK PULSE: DEEP AND THREADY AND HITS THE FINGERS WITHOUT STRENGTH INDICATES: WEAK PULSE: CANNOT BE FELT ON THE DEEP LEVEL. INDICATES:

VACUITY DAMP

WEAK PULSE: DEEP, FINE, WITHOUT

THE SUPERFICIAL LEVEL, BUT ONLY AT FORCE

INDICATES:

VARIOUS SYNDROMES DUE TO


DEFICIENCY OF BOTH QI AND BLOOD

DEFICIENCY OF YANG SOMETIMES DEFICIENCY OF BLOOD

INSUFFICIENT QI AND BLOOD

ABRUPT PULSE: FEELS HURRIED AND RAPID WITH IRREGULARLY MISSED BEATS INDICATES:

HASTY: RAPID AND IT STOPS AT IRREGULAR INTERVALS

SKIPPING PULSE: PULSE ARRIVES RAPIDLY, SOMETIMES THERE IS A STOP, STOPS ARE IRREGULAR

INDICATES:

INDICATES:

EXCESSIVE YANG HEAT STAGNATION OF QI AND BLOOD RETENTION OF PHLEGM OR FOOD


ABRUPT AND FORCEFUL: INDICATES:

EXTREME HEAT DEFICIENCY OF HEART QI CONDITIONS OF HEART FIRE

EXUBERANT YANG REPLETION HEAT PHLEGM EXUBERANCE FOOD STAGNATION

HEAT SYNDROMES OF EXCESSIVE TYPE DUE TO: - STAGNATION OF QI AND BLOOD - RETENTION OF PHLEGM OR FOOD - SWELLING AND PAIN ABRUPT AND WEAK:
INDICATES:

SIGN OF PROSTRATION (EXTREME EXHAUSTION)

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KNOTTED: SLOW WITH IRREGULAR MISSED BEATS

KNOTTED: SLOW AND STOPS AT IRREGULAR INTERVALS

BOUND: PULSE ARRIVES MODERATE TO SLOW, SOMETIMES THERE IS A STOP, STOPS ARE IRREGULAR

INDICATES:

INDICATES: EXCESSIVE YIN COLD ACCUMULATION OF QI DEFICIENCY OF HEART YANG RETENTION OF COLD PHLEGM STAGNANT BLOOD REGULARLY INTERMITTENT: SLOW AND INTERMITTENT: STOPS AT REGULAR WEAK WITH MISSED BEATS AT REGULAR INTERVALS INDICATES: INDICATES: INTERVALS

INDICATES:

YIN EXUBERANCE QI BIND

REGULARLY INTERMITTENT: STOPS IN THE MIDDLE OF MOVING, STOPS ARE REGULAR INDICATES:

DECLINE IN ZANG QI WIND SYNDROMES PAINFUL SYNDROMES OF FEAR AND


FRIGHT

SERIOUS INTERNAL PROBLEMS OF STOPS EVERY FOUR BEATS: IT IS A SERIOUS HEART PROBLEM

SLIGHT DEBILITATION OF VISCERA QI WIND PATTERN PAIN PATTERN PALPITATIONS

ONE OR MORE YIN ORGANS SERIOUS CONDITION

TRAUMATIC CONTUSIONS AND


SPRAINS

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