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Fu Mai
Floating Pulse (generic)
External invasion - battle at surface
Heat damage to yin - yin can't anchor yang
Yang rising
Blood deficiency - acute loss of blood, qi not ballasted
Severe qi xu - yang of KI not grasping qi so it floats up and out
"drumskin"
Ge Mai
floating
wide
strong/hard

Heat damage to vessels - long term - lose elasticity
Only in certain populations: elderly, sclerotic vessels
"drumskin"
Hong Mai
"surging"
floating
wide
very strong initially/
weak with pressure

Heat damage to fluids that should fill vessels
"surging"
Kou Mai
"scallion stalk"
floating
wide
slightly wiry
weak with pressure

Blood vacuity (acute loss) yet qi still has integrity. But w/ pressure "crunches".
"scallion stalk"
Xu Mai
"vacuous"
floating
wide - qi not containing pulse
weak

Qi rising up and out, pulse lacks integrity. Serious illness.
"vacuous"
San Mai
"scattered"
floating
wide
weaker than xu mai

Very severe
"scattered"
Ru Mai
"soggy"
floating
thin
weak

Damp invasion - pulse "smooshed" by damp
Blood and qi weakend
Chen Mai
deep pulse (generic)

Qi xu
Blood xu - not filling vessel
Yang xu - can't raise pulse up
Rou Mai
"frail"
deep
thin
weak

Yang xu
Qi xu
Xue xu
Jing xu
Fu Mai
"hidden"
very deep
weak
thin

More severe than Frail
Lao Mai
"confined"
deep
wide
strong
possible wiry to tight

Severe internal cold, battle on interior
Appendicitis, gonorrhea
Slow Pulse
Chi Mai
60 BPM or less

Excess cold
Qi xu
Blood xu
Yang xu
HT concern
"Moderate" to "relaxed" pulse
Huan Mai
60 BPM or slightly slow

72 or less considered by some to be pathological
"Rapid" pulse
Shu Mai
90 BPM or more

Heat
HT pathology
Ji Mai
"racing"
120 BPM or more

Heat
HT pathology (AV node)
HIV, Cancer
Shi Mai
"excess"
wide
strong
possibly wiry
tight
long

Chronic: qi stagnation
Heat (ST, MJ...)
Acute food stagnation
Anger
Infectious disease, 4 BIGS
Da Mai
"large"
wide
Xi Mai
"fine"
thin
weak

Xue xu
Qi xu
Yin xu (adds heat)
Wei Mai
"faint"
very thin
very weak
"wiry"
Xian Mai
lack of smooth flow, stagnation
up & down

LV qi stagnation
Phlegm obstruction
Blood stasis obstruction
"tight"
Jin Mai
wider than wiry
constricted vessel full
"moves like a rope - side-to-side"

Cold excess (Not common in modern times)
Pain
"slippery"
Hua Mai
not enough waveform, sliding under finger

Damp pathogen
Food stagnation
Heat
Phlegm
"choppy"
Se Mai
ticking under fingers, little stars

Typically blood level
BLOOD STASIS
Blood xu
Phlegm obstruction
Jing xu
"long"
Chang Mai
1)healthy
2)if wiry = LV tension, yin xu
3)if pt. is weak = heat
"short"
Duan Mai
Qi xu
Qi stagnation
Blood stagnation
Jie Mai
"bound"
slow (or not)
irregularly
irregular

Insufficiency of HT
Qi xu
Xue xu
Yang xu
Cu Mai
"skipping"
rapid
irregularly irregular

HT changes: changes of rate, skipped beats
Dai Mai
"interrupted"
slower
regularly irregular

COPD
Dong Mai
"spinning bean"
rapid
slippery
forceful

Shock? Intense Fright?
Cardiac arrest?
Eric's Grey Zone of Pulse Rate
low 80's: iatrogenic (ex. Claritin-D); coffee
mid 80's - 90: LV stagnation; yin xu heat
abnormalities of radial arteries

reasons
fan qua

1) weirdly located
2) bifurcation (upstream)
3) scar tissue
Floating Pulses
Sunny - Soggy
San Diego - Scattered, Drumskin
VerSus - Vacuous, Scallion Stalk
San Francisco - Surging, Floating
Deep Pulses
CHicago - Contained, Hidden
Fire - Frail (think of the F & R from fire, not to be confused with Fine or Faint)
Department - Deep
Length & Width
Fine - Fine
ELF - Excess, Large, Faint
Qualities
Chicago - Choppy
White - Wiry
Sox - Slippery
Tickets - Tight
floating pulse types mnemonic
Sunny - Soggy
San Diego - Scattered, Drumskin
VerSus - Vacuous, Scallion Stalk
San Francisco - Surging, Floating
deep pulse type mnemonics
CHicago - Contained, Hidden
Fire - Frail (think of the F & R from fire, not to be confused with Fine or Faint)
Department - Deep
strength and width type mnemonics
Fine - Fine
ELF - Excess, Large, Faint