Pulse Diagnostics: A Daoist Classical Perspective
This class introduces the dynamic pulses as taught by Master Jeffrey Yuen. The dynamic pulses describe the interrelationships in the body and thereby allow practitioners of Chinese medicine to develop a more complete picture of the patient.
This course at a glance
23./24. January 2021
Cissy Majebe & Tracy Peck
Introduction to this course from Master Jeffrey Yuen
Chinese pulse analysis is considered one of the most elusive aspects of Chinese medical diagnosis, which involves not on a tactile sensitivity, but also a visual imagery of the sensations discerned at the radial pulse. Crucial to this process of learning is the guidance provided by the instructors in their transmission of how to create a pattern of the pulses in their individual locations and their interconnections with the other pulses — based on the depth, width, strength, movement, and rhythm. While interpretations can fluctuate with different practitioners due to their individual sensitivities and emphasis, the foundation of developing a “design” by which students can orient themselves is vital to the cultivation of this art of diagnosis. This seminar offers an introduction to the static and moving pulses by senior clinicians Tracy Peck and Cissy Majebé, who have devoted substantial efforts to make this art accessible to all levels of training.
About this course
Pulse diagnostics is at the root and core of Chinese Medicine. In Classical Chinese Medicine, the examination of the pulse is a primary diagnostic tool with signs and symptoms seen as support of the pulse configurations rather than signs and symptoms being the first line of diagnosis.
According to Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Daoist priest, the dynamic (moving) pulses are the bridge to a deeper understanding of the pulses. The Mai Jing (Pulse Classic) compiled by Wang Shu He discussed 24 static pulse qualities and also presented theories regarding the dynamic (moving pulses). These dynamic pulses are about the interrelationships between the Zang Fu and the energetic transformations between Wei Qi, Ying Qi and Yuan Qi. It is this interrelated understanding between the static and dynamic pulses that allows the practitioner of Chinese medicine to develop a more complete picture of the patient. Wang Shu He was also the first to introduce the concept of the Eight Extra Vessel pulses and how they are reflected in one’s constitution. Later Li Shi Zhen expanded the pulses to 27 - 28 qualities and simplified the pulses by focusing on the static pulses, thereby losing the practice of taking the moving pulses.
How does one talk about the varying processes by which water travels? We can discuss water flowing from a stream, a lake, a river, and an ocean and its movement having variation, yet, how do we FEEL the movement of fluid and how does this fluid convey life and the process of a healthy flow of qi?
Jeffrey Yuen has taken the information regarding the dynamic pulses and translated it into a way that allows us to understand the movements between pulse positions and how they reflect a deeper understanding of a person’s health. This class will examine Pulse Diagnosis through the shared experience of Tracy Peck and Cissy Majebé, two senior practitioners of Chinese Medicine with extensive experience in teaching this form of pulse diagnosis.