So far we’ve discussed the location of the pulse in the space between the skin and the bone. We refer to this parameter as the “Height” of the pulse. We use the term “Beans of Pressure” to describe where in that space we find the pulse.

The Height of the pulse tells us how much and how well Yang Qi is moving.  It reflects the vitality of Yang Qi.  We are particularly interested in the capacity of Yang Qi to move pathology out to the surface for expulsion.  Conversely, if there are insufficient resources to expel pathology, the height of the pulse is also a measure of the capacity of Yang Qi to bring the pathology to the Yuan level to hold it in a state of latency.

Height (Depth) is a measure of Yang Qi.  It is the Yang axis of the pulse.

psychological and physiological factors affecting pulse depth

Several factors alter the depth the pulse can rise in the wrist. Pulse reading should be calibrated to allow for these factors if you think the pulses are affected in these ways.

  1. Depression
  2. Privacy
  3. Secrecy
  4. Trauma
  5. Cold
  6. Damp