Thursday, May 12, 2011

Listening to the Pulse

Class and Walking Tour
Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-7pm

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, reading the pulse is considered one of the "two pillars" of diagnosis (the other being tongue examination). Accurate pulse reading requires great energetic sensitivity -- a capacity to “listen” very deeply. It is an art as much as a science.

The pulse is read by palpating the radial artery--just above the crease of the wrist--in three positions and at three depths. Each position relates to a specific organ, and there are certain qualities of the pulse that are used to diagnose more general conditions in the body.

Mastering this skill does require a lot of time and some innate talent. However, in this month's class, Amanda Lewis, L.Ac, will demonstrate how pulse-taking can be learned and used in a meaningful way without having to study for many years.

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