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Pulse Chart

28 Pulses

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What are the 5 categories of the pulses? Abnormal Depth, Abnormal Rate, Abnormal Arrival Force, Irregular Rhythm, Abnormal Form
What are the 2 principles and their characteristics in the category of abnormal depth? Floating: Obtainable w/ light pressing; Deep: Begin to obtain w/ heavy pressing
What are the 5 pulse names for floating? Floating, Scallion Stalk, Soggy, Scattered, Drumskin
What is the pulse image for floating? Clearly felt w/ light pressing, somewhat weak w/ heavy pressing.
What does a floating pulse govern? Exterior patterns
What is the pulse image for scallion stalk? Floating and large w/ an empty center, like a scallion stalk
What does a scallion stalk pulse govern? Blood loss, yin damage
What is the pulse image for soggy? Floating, fine and soft
What does a soggy pulse govern? Governs vacuity, damp
What is the pulse image for scattered? Floating, scattered w/o root, disappears w/ pressing
What does a scattered pulse govern? Scattering of original Qi, imminent expiry of viscera and bowel Qi
What is the pulse image for drumskin? Floating under the finger, hollow center and hard outside
What does a drumskin pulse govern? Essence blood vacuity cold
What are the 3 pulse names for deep? Deep, Hidden, Confined
What is the pulse image for deep? Not clear w/ light pressing, clear w/ heavy pressing
What does a deep pulse govern? Interior pattern, depression pattern, water swelling
What is the pulse image for hidden? Clear w/ heavy pressing, finally obtained when the bone is found
What does a hidden pulse govern? Blocked evil, inversion pattern, extreme pain, yang debility
What is the pulse image for confined? Replete, large, string-like and long w/ heavy pressing
What does a confined pulse govern? Cold accumulation flourishing internally, shan, accumulations and conglomerations
What are the 2 principles and their characteristics in the category of abnormal rate? Slow: Pulse arrives slowly; Rapid: Pulse arrives rapidly
What are the 3 pulse names for slow? Slow, Moderate, Rough
What is the pulse image for slow? In one breath, the pulse does not come four times (<60 bpm)
What does a slow pulse govern? Cold pattern
What is the pulse image for moderate? Four beats in one breath, pulse arrives liesurely
What does a moderate pulse govern? Spleen vacuity, damp pattern
What is the pulse image for rough? Arrives roughly, slowly and stagnating, like a light knife scraping bamboo
What does a rough pulse govern? Essence damage, blood depletion, Qi stagnation, blood stasis
What are the 3 pulse names for rapid? Rapid, Stirred, Slippery
What is the pulse image for rapid? Five or more bats in one breath (>80-90 bpm) (Racing is seven or more beats per breath, >120 bpm)
What does a rapid pulse govern? Heat pattern (Racing pulse governs extreme heat, yin exhaustion floating yang)
What is the pulse image for stirred? Pulse jumps like a bean, slippery, rapid and w/ force
What does a stirred pulse govern? Pain pattern, palpitation pattern
What is the pulse image for slippery? Arrives smoothly, the fingers feel roundness and slipperiness
What does a slippery pulse govern? Phlegm food accumulation, repletion heat
What are the two principles and their characteristics in the category of abnormal arrival force? Vacuous: Pulse arrives w/o force; Replete: Pulse arrives w/ force
What are the 3 pulse names for vacuous? Vacuous, Faint, Weak
What is the pulse image for vacuous? Lacks force, empty and vacuous w/ pressure
What does a vacuous pulse govern? Dual vacuity of Qi and blood
What is the pulse image for faint? Extremely fine, extremely soft, sometimes present, sometimes not
What does a faint pulse govern? Slightly critical case of yang Qi debility
What is the pulse image for weak? Deep, fine, w/o force
What does a weak pulse govern? Insufficient Qi and blood
What are the 3 pulse names for replete? Replete, Tight, Surging
What is the pulse image for replete? Forceful w/ touching and pressing
What does a replete pulse govern? Repletion pattern, heat pattern
What is the pulse image for tight? Pulse arrives tightly and w/ force, like a twisted rope
What does a tight pulse govern? Cold, pain, food storage
What is the pulse image for surging? Pulse arrives like waves, arriving flourishing, departing debilitated
What does a surging pulse govern? Flourishing heat
Irregular Rhythm does not have a principle, what is the characteristic? Stopping w/in beats
What are the 3 pulse names for irregular rhythm? Skipping, Bound, Regularly Intermittent
What is the pulse image for skipping? Pulse arrives rapidly, sometimes there is a stop, stops are irregular
What does a skipping pulse govern? Flourishing yang, repletion heat, phlegm flourishing, food stagnation
What is the pulse image for bound? Pulse arrives moderate to slow, sometimes there is a stop, stops are irregular
What does a bound pulse govern? Yin flourishing Qi bind
What is the pulse image for regularly intermittent? Stops in the middle of moving, stops are regular
What does a regularly intermittent pulse govern? Slight debilitation of viscera Qi, wind pattern, pain pattern, palpitations
What are the 5 pulse names for Abnormal Form? (there is no principle or characteristic) Large, Fine, Long, Short, String-like
What is the pulse image for large? Pulse is large and full, location is broad
What does a large pulse govern? W/ force governs the entrance of disease, lacking force is outward floating of yang vacuity
What is the pulse image for fine? Pulse is fine like thread, clearly felt
What does a fine pulse govern? Vacuity taxation detriment w/ yin vacuity as primary, governs damp
What is the pulse image for long? Tail is long and straight, longer than the original location
What does a long pulse govern? Surplus of yang Qi, repletion pattern
What is the pulse image for short? Tail is short, does not reach original position
What does a short pulse govern? W/ force governs Qi depression, lacking force governs Qi injury
What is the pulse image for string-like? Straight and long, like pressing on the string of a "qin"
What does a string-like pulse govern? Liver gallbladder disease, pain pattern, phlegm rheum
Created by: kabrown