The Moderate, Slowed-down, Lax, Retarded, Leisurely Pulse (Huan Mai)

Pulse-Palpation

Moderate Pulse (緩脈 Huan Mai, slowed-down, lax, retarded, leisurely)

Key points: feels slow to the fingers, but normal by the clock

Indications: Dampness: sticky substance impedes flow of qi and blood in vessels.

Spleen/Stomach deficiency: leads to dampness, then see above.

Can also be considered a “normal” pulse.


Explanation:

think of this pulse as slow to the fingers, but normal to the clock. It can suggest internal dampness such that the increased viscosity of the damp blood will in a sense thicken the blood and cause the fluid to move more slowly. Internal dampness of course can arise from a Spleen/Stomach deficiency and thus the moderate pulse may indicate an Earth phase weakness.

Or it can mean nothing. Nothing at all. Sorry to get your hopes up. :)

p.moderate The Moderate, Slowed down, Lax, Retarded, Leisurely Pulse (Huan Mai)

The Moderate Pulse

4.1.44.table The Moderate, Slowed down, Lax, Retarded, Leisurely Pulse (Huan Mai)

Comparison of Slow and Moderate Pulses

Next: let’s pick up the pace a bit with the rapid pulse.

Last modified: August 7, 2009  Tags: ,  ·  Posted in: Pulse Class, Pulse-Palpation