The Secret of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

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Blue Poppy Enterprises, Inc., 1995 - Health & Fitness - 155 pages
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This should be regarded as the definitive contemporary book on Chinese Pulse diagnosis. Its intent as with all of Bob's books is to be practical and teach one "how" to do it. The premise, which I have personally found to be sound is that one must carefully write down the indications of the 28 basic TCM pulses and memorize them. This may take anywhere from a day to a week but as soon as one is able to do that everything else tends to fall into place including the indications. Bob also insists on adopting a uniform vocabulary which in pulse diagnosis particularly and all other aspects of TCM in the West has been a major impediment to advancing this wonderful healing system in the West. Of course with many other good books out there using different pulse terms this may not always be easy but I suggest at least doing it while studying this book. The next innovative aspect of the book -- by innovative, I don't mean new, only that it is not so clearly presented in other simplified Western texts on pulse diagnosis -- is using all one's fundamental TCM thinking to interpret what's actually going on. This often defies the pat definitions that simply state that a floating pulse always represents and external disease or that a slow pulse always represents coldness, etc. -- interpretations are formed based on the context. For serious students I recommend using this book along with Blue Poppy's audio course of the same name.  

Contents

Introduction
1
The Divisions of the Pulse at the Inch Opening Their Correspondences
13
Feeling the Pulse Images
19
The Technique of Examining the Pulse
43
Interpreting the Pulse
49
The Indications of the Main Pulse Images
63
Pattern Discrimination The Pulse Images
83
Pulse Images the Three Positions
89
Traditional Pulse Lore Contained in Mnemonic Verse
113
The Rhymed Formula of the Heart Methods of the Pulse
119
Unusual Pulse Images
135
Reading the Cubit Positions
137
Yin Fire the Pulse
141
Bibliography
149
General Index
153
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