Many people think that Chinese medicine pulse diagnosis is a method of touching the patient's pulse with fingers to explore the pulse condition and understand the patient's condition. In fact, this method is not complete, and it is an indisputable fact that the knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine has been lost.
Three fingers are used to simultaneously feel the pulse, with balanced force, starting from light to heavy, divided into three types of finger pressure: floating, moderate, and sinking. The pulse diagnosis time should not be less than 1 minute, and the general pulse diagnosis method is like this.
What exactly does pulse diagnosis diagnose?
Under normal circumstances, the human pulse rate is consistent with the heart rate, that is, the number of beats per minute is the same. Through pulse and heart rate detection, some problems in the human body can be identified.
For some people who have pacemakers in their hearts, which affect the pulse beat and even cannot be felt, what should be done?
Pulse diagnosis in Chinese medicine is not that simple. It really underestimates the profoundness of traditional medicine!
"The Secret of Heavenly Medicine" from the Chu tomb in the Warring States period clearly records: "Feel the pulse at the wrist, if it is hot, it is fast; if it is cold, it is slow." It can be seen that pulse diagnosis in Chinese medicine is not only about monitoring the pulse and heart rate, but also has deeper reasons.
The fundamental technique of pulse diagnosis in Chinese medicine is to replace modern medical devices such as thermometers, dynamic electrocardiogram detectors, blood flow detectors, and skin moisture detectors.
It relies solely on the three fingers of the practitioner, which are equivalent to three artificially trained sensing chips. Therefore, those who study traditional Chinese medicine from an early age pay special attention to finger exercises.
In order to exercise the super sensitivity of the fingers, they hold a hot pot all year round, and practice with three fingers on the hot pot. The water temperature ranges from low to high, and there must be no deviation in judgment. They need to measure the temperature without burning their fingers, which is not easy. The elimination rate of this method is extremely high, and there are countless people who fail to complete the training. It can be said that ancient Chinese physicians are harder to find than immortals.
There are also some ways to exercise finger flexibility. Some techniques flowed into Japan from the Qin Dynasty through Xu Fu's eastward journey. It is said that they were learned by the Kato family and unexpectedly flourished in the feudal state.
The remaining books of "Huangdi Neijing" state: "When learning medicine, the three fingers should be placed side by side, lightly press the patient's wrist, and feel the changes in the pulse's cold and heat, and predict the progress and retreat of the disease. Warm pulses can be treated with rest, and cold pulses should be treated quickly. This measurement also reveals the general condition of the disease."
Huangdi, the venerable, would not speak without reason, indicating that the core technique of pulse diagnosis is to observe the body temperature. Higher than normal temperature indicates internal heat or fever; lower than normal temperature indicates internal deficiency or multiple spleen and stomach disorders.
Sensitive fingertips touching the skin, experienced physicians can determine the subtle state of vital signs based on the patient's skin temperature, dryness, and moisture.
Archaeological excavations have unearthed records in ancient lost medical books, and "Medical Mirror" clearly states, "If the pulse is weak and rough, it is cold; if it is strong, it is hot; if the texture is coarse, it is solid; if it is fine, it is deficient. By repeatedly pondering this, the theory of pulse becomes clear. Once the key points are understood, the diagnosis becomes easy, and pulse diagnosis becomes the guiding principle of medical practitioners."
From ancient times to the present, Chinese medicine has accumulated knowledge for thousands of years and combined with scientific training. It should have spread Chinese medicine all over the world. Why is it that besides researching a thousand kinds of Chinese patent medicines in Western medicine, which have increased in price but are far less effective, there is no achievement in Chinese medicine?
The reason is obvious. The true techniques have long been lost, so it is not surprising that experienced Chinese medicine practitioners shake their heads and remain secretive when it comes to pulse diagnosis. Without the ancestral skills of pulse diagnosis and inquiry to determine the cause of the disease, there is no way to talk about how to prescribe treatment. It is said that there are only two prescriptions in Chinese medicine now, cold and hot, which means yin and yang. Yang is discharged, and yin is supplemented.
Therefore, the profound pulse diagnosis in Chinese medicine is a technique that must be trained from an early age, and both talent and hard work must be possessed at the same time. Even in our vast country with abundant resources and talents, there have been very few people who have truly mastered it throughout history.
Due to the high complexity and unpredictability of this pulse diagnosis technique, there are few who have learned it, and many have abandoned it. This technique has been changed and modified, resulting in confusion. Therefore, for modern practitioners of Chinese medicine, it is ridiculous to think that pulse diagnosis is just counting the pulse for one minute!