The Faint, Minute Pulse (Wei Mai)

Pulse-Palpation

Faint Pulse (微脈 Wei Mai, minute)

Key points: thin, forceless, vague

Indications: yin, yang, qi, or blood deficiency: four substances can’t fill vessel.

(Superficial) more yin exhaustion

(Deep) more yang exhaustion

Explanation: the frail pulse is thin. This is a deficiency of yin or blood, remember? The frail pulse is also forceless. This is a deficiency of qi and/or yang. The frail pulse is vague. This is not so much its own finding, but rather an outcome of a really deficient pulse. It is difficult to feel or easily locate.

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The Faint Pulse

4.1.49.table The Faint, Minute Pulse (Wei Mai)

Comparison of Scattered, Faint, and Deficient Pulses

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Last modified: July 26, 2009  Tags: ,  ·  Posted in: Pulse Class, Pulse-Palpation