Textual references of the Han Dynasty

The principal Classical pulse text is the Mai Jing (Pulse Treatise), written by Wang Shu He (180-270 CE), the great imperial physician of the later Han-Western Jing Dynasty responsible for the preservation of the Shang Han Lun tradition.  In the Han Dynasty, acupuncture was at a pinnacle and much more sophisticated than it is today, since all the channels of the complete acupuncture system were in use.  In the period spanning the Han and Tang Dynasties practitioners were well versed in the Primary and Complement channels: the Sinew, Luo, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary Channels and their corresponding pulses.  The Mai Jing discusses static pulses and pulses that “occupy more than one position,” also known as directional pulses.

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