Pulse Diagnosis

Pulse Diagnosis is a touch-based method of reading a person’s health by assessing the qualities of the radial pulse. Drawing largely from ancient methods of identifying and interpreting the pulse, it allows a practitioner to gather diagnostic information by feeling the pulse at principle and complementary positions on both wrists.

Sharon has been studying pulse systems and applying it in her practice since 2002. Through the careful exploration of requisite pulse positions, Sharon gathers information that helps to paint a picture of health conditions and guides her in formulating a unique treatment plan. Sharon has extensively studied Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis and the pulse systems related to the Complementary channels of Classical Chinese Medicine.

As its name implies, Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis is a relatively recent evolution in the history of this unique specialty. The millennia-old art/science of pulse diagnosis was brought to the United States from China in 1971 by Dr. John F. Shen, OMD, a well-respected practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Through a 30-year collaboration with Dr. Leon Hammer, the two developed a comprehensive body of documentation that serves as standard protocol for today’s practitioner. Their work is part wisdom of the ages and part scientific method, updated and completely relevant to the 21st century diagnostician.

The Classical Chinese Medicine approach to pulse diagnosis incorporates positions and qualities ascribed to what are known as the Complementary channels. These channels, or meridians, include the sinew channels, the divergent channels and eight extraordinary channels. The use of the Complementary channels has become deemphasized in the 20th century by Chairman Mao in favor of a simplified version known as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which is typically taught in American schools.

However, this simplified version with its omission of the Complementary channels leaves a void in clinical efficacy and fails to harness the totality of the Medicine. By understanding the correct use of Complementary channels as outlined in Classical Chinese medicine, there is insight and opportunity for discovering and refining treatment options.

Pulse taking is a comprehensive methodology, requiring years of study and hands-on training with qualified teachers. It is a deep communication, which requires the practitioner’s keen awareness and sensitivity. Subtle variations in volume, rhythm and strength at various locations and depths point to potential imbalance, informing the eventual diagnosis.

To schedule a pulse diagnosis appointment at Empirical Point Acupuncture in Philadelphia, PA, call us at 215-247-7100, contact us via our website, or use our online scheduling tool.