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Strength Depth Width Rate Shape Rhythm

EMPTY
• Big but soft
and weak
• Feels empty
on heavier
palpation
• Qi (&
Blood)
deficiency
[SOFT]
• Empty +
very soft
slightly
floating
• !isappears
with heavy
palpation
• "in and #ing
deficiency
[SCATTERE
D]
• Empty +
very small
superficial
broken up
• $evere Qi
and blood
deficiency
FULL
• Big strong
pounding
against
palpation
• E%cess
condition
FLOATIN
• $uperficial
buoyant with
very light
palpation but
obscured with
heavier palpation
• floating & tight
or rapid & E'F
• floating & empty
& yin def( (rarely
e%treme )i
deficiency)
• + *ollow &
+eather
DEEP
• $inking found
with heavier
palpation
• "in organ
conditions,
)i & yang def(
(weak) or )i or
blood stasis (full)
[WEA"]
• !eep + soft
• "ang def(
[FIRM]
• !eep hard wiry
• $tasis and pain
(from cold if
slow)
[#IDDEN]
• !eep as if below
bone
• $evere yang def(
T#IN$FINE
• !istinct &
clear like a
fine thread
• Blood
deficiency
(will fill out
with t% esp(
with mo%a)
[MINUTE]
• -hin.fine +
e%tremely
thin and
small
• $evere )i
and blood
deficiency
WIDE$
O%ER&
FLOWIN
• !istinct &
broad
• /cute
conditions
with heat
[LON]
• 0ide.overfl
owing +
long
• *eat
[S#ORT]
• 0ide.overfl
owing +
short
• Qi deficient
RAPID
• 1ore than 2 beats
per respiration or
higher than the
given normal rate
• *eat
[#URRIED]
• 3apid + agitated
& urgent
• Fire e%hausting
the yin
[MO%IN]
• 3apid +
trembling
shaking rapid
somewhat
slippery
• $hock an%iety
fright or pain
SLOW
• +ess than 4 beats
per respiration or
lower than the
normal rate
• 5old
[SLOWED
DOWN]
• + 4 beats per
respiration
Normal Pulse Rates
/ge 3ate
674 86+
4796 :4
967;2 <=7:6
;2726 <67<>
26+ =:
SLIPPERY
• $lides under the
finger smooth &
oily
• Full & damp or
phlegm
• Empty & damp or
phlegm with )i
deficiency
• 'regnancy
C#OPPY
• ?neven rough
@agged edges
• 5an be irregular
in rhythm &
strength
• Blood deficiency
WIRY
• -aut hard like a
guitar string
pushing against
the fingers
• 5an be deficient
or full
• +3.AB problems
or pain or
phlegm causing
obstructions
TI#T
• +ike a twisted
rope thick full
elastic vibrating
can seem faster
than it is
• 5old.pain
"NOTTED
• $low pulse
that misses
beats
irregularly
• 5old
obstructing )i
or heart
deficiency
()i blood or
yang)
#ASTY
• Fast pulse
that misses
beats
irregularly
• *eat
agitating )i
and blood
INTER&
MITTENT
• 1isses beats
in a regular
rhythm
• "in organ
deficiency.
e%haustion
N'rma( P)(*e
• *as $tomach )i
o Feels gentle (thereBs a connection but it in no way invades another personC not insubstantial)
o Feels calm (tress nicely swaying in the wind no disturbance or agitationC cow chewing cud)
o *as 4 beats per respiration (can use the rhythm of your breath to count if the personBs is erratic)
• *as $pirit
o $oft (shouldnBt be malleableDsoft on outside and strong and resilient on inside)
o Eeither big nor small
o 3egular in rhythm & )uality (not intermittent or missing beats no speed changes)
F Eiki *( Bilton 9888
The 28 Pulse Qualities
• *as a 3oot
o 5larity in deep position (yin) and ;
rd
pulse positions (clarity & pulse should be a distinct entity)
F Eiki *( Bilton 9888