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This pulse category indicates an external pathogen or deficiency.
Superficial/floating pulse
These pulses indicate an excess of heat (although two other pulses indicate excess heat, they also indicate several other things - these pulses ONLY indicate excess heat).
Full/forceful & long
These two pulses indicate dampness & deficiency (although they have other qualities that make them different, they share indications)
Soft/soggy & Slowed down/relaxed/loose
These three pulses are considered Crisis pulses.
Scattered, swift and minute/feeble/faint
These two pulses indicate a depletion of Yuan Qi (two of the three crisis pulses)
Scattered & Swift
This pulse indicates a significat loss of blood (not just blood deficiency) and therefore severe Yin deficiency.
Hollow
This pulse indicates an essence and blood deficiency cold
Leather/tympanic
This pulse category indicates an Internal syndrome.
Deep/sinking
This pulse indicates closing syndrome, syncope (fainting), or extreme pain.
Hidden
This pulse indicates cold, internal excess, a shan disorder or a mass.
Firm/confined
This pulse is very common and indicates a Qi or Blood deficiency.
Weak/frail
This pulse category indicates a cold syndrome.
Slow
This pulse indicates blood stasis/stagnation/deficiency, Qi stagnation, phlegm, food stagnation, or essence deficiency (But NOT Cold)!
Choppy/uneven/hesitant
What pulse category does the surging/flooding pulse fall into?
Superficial
What pulse category does the soft/soggy pulse fall into?
Superficial
What pulse category does the scattered pulse fall into?
Superficial
What pulse category does the hollow pulse fall into?
Superficial
What pulse category does the leather/tympanic pulse fall into?
Superficial
What pulse category does the hidden pulse fall into?
Deep
What pulse category does the confined/firm pulse fall into?
Deep
What pulse category does the weak/frail pulse fall into?
Deep
What pulse category does the relaxed/loose pulse fall into?
Slow
What pulse category does the choppy/uneven/hesitant pulse fall into?
Slow
What pulse category does the knotted pulse fall into?
Slow
What pulse category does the abrupt/hurried/hasty pulse fall into?
Rapid
What pulse category does the swift pulse fall into?
Rapid
What pulse category does the moving pulse fall into?
Rapid
What pulse category does the minute/feeble/faint pulse fall into?
Deficient
What pulse category does the thready/thin/fine pulse fall into?
Deficient
What pulse category does the intermittent/regularly irregular pulse fall into?
Deficient
What pulse category does the short pulse fall into?
Deficient
What pulse category does the slippery/rolling pulse fall into?
Excess
What pulse category does the tight/tense pulse fall into?
Excess
What pulse category does the long pulse fall into?
Excess
What pulse category does the wiry/stringy/taught pulse fall into?
Excess
This pulse indicates Cold, Yin excess, phlegm, blood stasis or Qi stagnation.
Knotted
This pulse category indicates Heat, Excess Yang, pain or fright.
Rapid
This pulse indicates Excess Yang/heat, Qi/Blood stagnation, phlegm, or food stagnation.
Abrupt/hurried/hasty/running
This pulse mostly indicates Pain or fright.
Moving
This pulse category indicates a deficiency syndrome
Deficient
This crisis pulse indicates extreme exhaustion of yin/yang/Qi/xue.
Minute/feeble/faint
This pulse indicates deficiency due to over strain and stress (blood/Qi deficiency & yin deficiency), or essence deficiency due to chronic illness.
thready/thin/fine
This pulse indicates exhaustion of organs or trauma (patient is usually hospitalized or in an advanced disease stage like heart disease)
intermittent, regularly intermittent
This pulse indicates Qi deficiency or Qi stagnation.
short
This pulse indicates dampness, phlegm, food retention or pregnancy.
slippery/rolling
This pulse indicates cold, pain or food retention.
tight/tense
This pulse indicates more complex excess heat, such as in a high fever (the yangming stage of disease where the "four greats" can be seen)
surging/flooding
This pulse indicates Liver or Gallbladder dysfunction (excess), pain, phlegm, or malaria. Examples include hypertension or Gall stones.
Wiry/stringy/taught
This pulse category can best be described as: having the most strength felt at the uppermost level (at the skin) and grows faint or disappears with heavy touch.
floating/superficial
This pulse can best be described as: broad, large, forceful, beating like dashing waves that start big and fade away.
surging/flooding
This pulse can best be described as: without strength, like a thread floating on water.
soft/soggy
This pulse can best be described as: superficial, irregular, without a root, hardly perceptible, indistinct upon heavy touch.
scattered
This pulse can best be described as: large, empty, like a scallion stalk, disappears with slight pressure but comes back with more pressure.
hollow
This pulse can best be described as: fast, empty, hard, like the skin of a drum.
leather/tympanic
This pulse category can best be described as: having strength at the lowest level only, requiring more pressure to feel well.
deep/sinking
This pulse can best be described as: only being felt by pressing hard to the bone (deeper than "deep")
hidden
This pulse can best be described as: large, long, very deep, but taught and forceful. It also has aspects of full and wiry and can be considered the opposite of the "leather" pulse.
confined/firm
This pulse can best be described as: deep, thready, without strength, soft (like the "soft/soggy" pulse but at the deep level).
weak/frail
This pulse category can best be described as: having less than 60 beats per minute or less than 4 beats per breath.
slow
This pulse can best be described as: slightly slow, but still measuring 60 beats per minute.
relaxed/loose
This pulse can best be described as: uneven and rough, like a knife scrapping bamboo, coming and going with a small fine slow tempo.
choppy/uneven/hesitant
This pulse can best be described as: irregular and slow, seems to miss a beat without a pattern, pausing at irregular intervals.
knotted
This pulse can best be described as: greater than 90 beats per minute or 5 beats per breath.
rapid
This pulse can best be described as: greater than 120 beats per minute or 7 beats per breath.
swift
This pulse can best be described as: rapid but irregularly intermittent, missing beats without a pattern.
abrupt/hurried/hasty/running
This pulse can best be described as: short, slippery, fast, forceful, tight, felt only in one position, incomplete without head or tail.
moving
This pulse category can best be described as: forceless on three positions at all three levels, feels feeble and void.
deficient/empty
This pulse can best be described as: extremely thin and soft, scarcely perceptible.
minute/feeble/faint
This pulse can best be described as: regularly irregular, missing a beat with a definite pattern, pausing at regular intervals.
intermittent
This pulse can best be described as: not felt in all three positions.
short
This pulse category can best be described as: strong on all three levels and depths and positions, vigorous and forceful with light and heavy pressure.
excess/full/forceful
This pulse can best be described as: smooth, flowing like pearls rolling on a dish.
slippery/rolling
This pulse can best be described as: like a stretched rope (similar to "wiry" pulse but not as long), difficult to press deeply.
tight/tense
This pulse can best be described as: felt beyond the third position.
long
This pulse can best be described as: like a violin string, straight and long, similar to "tense" pulse, but longer and more tremulous.
wiry/stringy/taught
These three pulses are considered irregular pulses.
knotted, abrupt/hurried/hasty, and intermittent