When used to its full capacity the art of pulse taking is arguably the jewel in the crown of Chinese Medical diagnosis. It is one of the most fascinating, profound, marvelous, accurate, insightful and revealing phenomena in Chinese Medicine.
With practice, in the pulse we can detect the entire gamut of pathology from the common cold to constitutional disorders and imbalances of all kinds: musculoskeletal, psychological, gastrointestinal, urogenital, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, and organ disease. Past, present and future are recorded there. Bacteria, funguses and viruses. Moods, emotions and constitutional dispositions. Heat and Cold. Excesses or deficiencies of diet. The location of tension and flaccidity. The available volume and movement of each fluid.
One of the things I enjoy most about Chinese Medicine is that it gives me the feeling of being on a lifelong journey of engaged learning. I love that. I love the feeling that no matter how hard you study and how much you apply yourself, there is no end to how much more deeply you can delve. There is no limit to the expansion of one’s understanding. Pulse diagnosis is like a microcosm of the same concept. Every year, as I’m sure we all do, I discover that I can find more and more in the pulses. The strange thing is that it seems to be exponentially increasing. This is sobering. If it increases exponentially, how little does one now know? Therefore this course is not intended to be definitive; rather, it is intended as a systematic teaching of essential classical pulse diagnosis methods in a form complete enough for profound clinical application as well as opening the gate to further revelations.