The Short Pulse (Duan Mai)

Pulse-Palpation

Short Pulse (短脈 Duan Mai)

Key point: short

Indications: (Forceful) qi stagnation: qi commands blood, the vessel is not filled lengthwise.

(Forceless) qi deficiency: qi commands blood, the vessel is not filled lengthwise.

Explanation: the short pulse is defined as the pulse that doesn’t extend to all three positions (cun, guan, chi; proximal, middle, distal; 1st, 2nd, 3rd). Should the pulse be forceful, consider qi stagnation as the likely culprit. If the pulse is deficient, qi deficiency is likely part of the issue at play.

p.short The Short Pulse (Duan Mai)

The Short Pulse

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Last modified: July 22, 2009  Tags: ,  ·  Posted in: Pulse Class, Pulse-Palpation