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Pulse Diagnosis

Pulse Diagnosis NESA

Superficial/floating pulse generally means External problem
XS type Superficial/floating pulse means OPI invasion
DEF type Superficial/floating pulse means Floating Yang, general deficiency
Deep/sinking pulse generally means Internal problem
XS type Deep/sinking pulse means Internal cold, Qi or Blood stagnation
DEF type Deep/sinking pulse means Qi a/o Blood deficiency
Fast/rapid pulse generally means Heat
XS type Fast/rapid pulse means Full Heat
DEF type Fast/rapid pulse means Any Deficiency Yang (Floating) Yin (Deep)
Slow pulse generally means Cold
XS type Slow pulse means Excess Cold
DEF type Slow pulse means Yang Deficiency, Qi Deficiency in blood
Empty/deficient pulse generally means Deficiency of Qi a/o Blood
SLOW type Full/Excess pulse means Excess Cold & Strong Vital Qi
FAST type Full/Excess pulse means Excess Heat & Strong Vital Qi
Thin/thready pulse generally means Deficiency of Qi & Blood or Yin & Blood
Thin/thready & STRONG pulse means Damp/ Phlegm obstruction of Qi & Blood Pain/ Cold Attack
Wide/big pulse generally means Excess (Strong Patho)/ Deficiency
EMPTY Wide/big pulse means Deficiency of Qi (SP) a/o Blood
DISTINCT Wide/big pulse means Excess Heat in Yang Ming (ST/LI), pulse is rapid too
Slippery/rolling pulse generally means Excess
Slippery/rolling pulse specifically means Phlegm/Excess Damp Food Stagnation Pregnancy Phlegm/ Fluid Retention
Wiry pulse generally means Stagnation (Qi)
Wiry pulse specifically means LV/GB disorder (Yang rising, Qi Stag) Pain/ Stagnation Food/ Phlegm/ Fluid
Tight pulse generally means Excess
Tight pulse specifically means Excess cold Stagnation b/c Cold/Phlegm Pain (interior, Cold type)
Flooding/surging pulse generally means Heat/Excess
Flooding/surging pulse specifically means Excess Heat injuring Fluids or Yin Imminent Qi collapse (floating) Deficiency Heat
Soft/soggy pulse generally means Deficiency
Soft/soggy pulse specifically means Pathogenic Damp Any Deficiency (Blood, Essence, Yin)
Weak/frail pulse generally means Deficiency
Weak/frail pulse specifically means Deficiency of Qi, Blood or Yang
Difference between a soft/soggy and a weak/frail pulse is Depth, soft is more superficial, weak is deep
Minute/ Faint pulse generally means Deficiency
Minute/ Faint pulse specifically means Severe Def. of Qi, Blood Yang Collapse
Minute/ Faint pulse is felt at which level Any level, heavy pressure will push through it
Long pulse generally means Excess
Long pulse specifically means Strong vitality, Tight/wiry means Excess (heat)
Short pulse generally means Deficiency
XS Short pulse means Stagnation/blockage
DEF Short pulse means Qi Deficiency
Irregular/intermittent pulse generally means Deficiency, regularly irregular (pattern of skipped beats)
Irregular/intermittent pulse specifically means Yin organ exhaustion, HT disharmony, Shock/trauma disorder
Choppy/rough/hesitant pulse generally means Deficiency/Stasis, irregular
XS Choppy/rough/hesitant pulse means Qi a/o Blood Stagnation Food/ Phlegm Stag
DEF Choppy/rough/hesitant pulse means Blood & Jing Deficiency Fluid loss after sweating/vomiting
Swift/ Hasty/Abrupt/Hurried pulse generally means Heat agitating Qi & Blood, irregular
XS Swift/ Hasty/Abrupt/Hurried pulse means Hyper Yang Activity Excess Heat/ Phlegm Heat
DEF Swift/ Hasty/Abrupt/Hurried pulse means Deficiency HT Fire/ HT Qi Yin Deficiency Possible imminent collapse (Yin) Phthisis
Knotted pulse generally means Cold (Excess Yin) irregular
XS Knotted pulse means Obstruction of Qi & Blood b/c Cold or Cold Phlegm HT Blood Stasis
DEF Knotted pulse means HT Qi/ Blood Deficiency Blood Deficiency
Leather pulse generally means Deficiency
Leather pulse specifically means Severe KD Jing Deficiency External Cold (Wei Qi response)
Firm/prison pulse generally means Internal Excess Cold
Firm/prison pulse specifically means Internal Excess Cold accumulation (mass, hernia)
Hollow pulse generally means Deficiency
Hollow pulse specifically means Sudden Blood loss Severe Yin Deficiency
Scattered pulse generally means Deficiency
Scattered pulse specifically means Severe Qi & Blood Deficiency KD Yang floating away
Hidden pulse generally means Deficiency
Hidden pulse specifically means Extreme KD Yang Deficiency L.O.C. Severe Pain/ Stagnation
Moving/”Spinning Bean” pulse specifically means shock/anxiety/trauma/Pain
Moderate Pulse Means Sp Qi deficiency Wind/ Damp Attack
SLOW Pulse Generally Means Cold Syndrome Internal Heat (Forceful) Abd Mass
Rapid Intermittent (Running) Pulse Hyper Yang/ Excess Heat Blood/ Phlegm/ Qi Stagnation Rebellion
Created by: clehmann