Constitutional Exceptions to Pulse Qualities

Pulse-Palpation

Constitutional Exceptions

Now that you’ve gotten very good at differentiating all the subtle and not-so-subtle pathological findings in the pulse, you can throw all of that away. There are simply some people who have these really bizarre pulses that are just unique to them but do not indicate any pathology.

This is not unique to pulse diagnosis, either. In all of the four Chinese medicine examination techniques there are a few people who present with these pathological diagnostic findings, but have no pathology.

For this reason, it is important to synthesize the four examinations. For instance, if either of the pulses listed below are found in a patient who has no symptoms, no complaints, a normal looking tongue and healthy appropriate smells and sounds, then chances are very good that the pulse is just a constitutional anomaly. Same thing applies to the appearance of the tongue. If it looks strange, but there is no corroborating evidence found elsewhere, it may be that this patient simply has a unique looking tongue presentation and that is the end of their pathological findings.

“Six Yin Pulses” (liu yin mai): all six pulse positions are evenly deep and thin, yet there is no illness.

“Six Yang Pulses” (liu yang mai): all six pulse positions are evenly forceful and wide, but there is no illness.

Next, anatomical exceptions.

Last modified: July 16, 2009  Tags: ,  ·  Posted in: Pulse Class, Pulse-Palpation