What are you doing when reading my pulse?
Pulse diagnosis is one of the most important things the Eastern Medicine practitioner will do in identifying the pattern diagnosis for a patient. We read 6 pulses on each wrist to assist in identifying the channels that need to be addressed during treatment. Looking at the depth of each channel can identify excess and deficient conditions.
The quality of the pulse is also classified. Example being slippery, thready, or wiry. The quality identifies what is happening in the body. If the pulse is wiry then the practitioner may inquire about stress level. If pulse is slippery discussion about diet may occur.
We also look at each channel in comparison to the other channels to see if they are even. If the “heart” pulse is lower in depth or not as present as other channels, then a discussion about sleep will probably take place.
Rate is a felt to help with diagnosis. Rapid can indicate heat, yin deficiency and other patterns to consider.
Please feel free to ask the practitioner what they might be feeling during your next appointment.