Li Shi-Zhen's Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide

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"The detailed and variegated descriptions are a great improvement over other textbooks,and the contrast between traditional and modern pulse associations is informative andhighly useful."

John E. Pirog, MSOM
Associate Professor, Acupuncture Department
Northwest Health Sciences University
"Pulse diagnosis is perhaps the most difficult of the Chinese medicine diagnostic arts tomaster. While a number of experienced practitioners understand the basic eight pulses,most of the subtleties of the remaining pathogenic pulses are given short attention. Wilt Morris has the deserved reputation of being America's foremost master and scholar ofpulse diagnosis. In this book, he accomplishes the difficult: a clear description of how todistinguish the various pulses, and a comprehensive commentary on their clinical significance. A superb, important achievement!"
Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac.Author, Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines, The Clinical Desk Reference.
This is a focused guide to pulsesin the style of Li Shi-zhen, with an emphasison a thorough understanding of the 27 pulse images. The purpose of thisbook is to give readers a solid feeling for the shape, force, and speed of thepulse and what those various signs might indicate.Features:explanation of the normal pulseinstructions on the approach to pulse diagnosis.clear pulse images with explanations and analyses.Li Shi-zhen's 27 pulses and the typical pulse combinations.Qing Dynasty case studies with commentary on the pulse findings.

About Author
李申清,Li Shen-qing was born in Hubei Province, China, in 1952. His path toward becoming a Chinesemedical practitioner had striking parallels to his predecessor, Li Shi-zhen.Li Shen-qing's grandfather was a well-known practitioner of Chinese medicine who passedaway in the 1940s leaving his family with an extensive library ofpre-modern medical books.These treasures provided the basis for much of Shen-qing's medical knowledge. Access toboth family lineage and textual resources placed Li Shen-qing into a unique position thatenabled him to gain mastery of pulse diagnosis.Li Shen-qing's papers have been published in the Chinese Medicine Journal, Forum ofWorld's Renowned Physicians, Selected Medical Papers of China, Selected ContemporaryMedical Papers of China, and international medical journals. He has books published byAncient Chinese Medicine Books Publishing House and he has an extensive publishingrecord with People's Medicine Publishing House.Li has a unique approach to clinical practice that combines Li Shi-zhen style pulse diagnosiswith tuina. During his illustrious career, Shen-qing designed advanced tui na curriculum forBeijing University of Chinese Medicine. Shen-qing's work successfully fills in the missingpieces of Chinese tui na textbooks according to the Secretary-General of China's MassageExperts Committee, Professor Wang Guo-shun. These works were published by PMPH inChinese, English, German, French, and Spanish. Shen-qing also edited Guidelines to theStudy of Massage Points, now a textbook published by Science Publishing House.After gaining recognition as a medical practitioner, Shen-qing focused in statistics. He thenapplied statistical models to the systematic study of pulse diagnosis literature attributed to LiShi-zhen. These studies form the basis of the graphic representations in this book.Li Shen-qing is the essence of humility, charm, warmth, care, and knowledge. Li Shen-qinghas deep respect for the shared home province with Li Shi-zhen. The ability to carry on LiShi-zhen's study of pulse diagnosis and share it internationally is also a great privilege. Hispragmatic world view is summed in his motto, to "simplify the complicated issues, and makethe simple issues practical."
Table of Contents
About Li Shi-zhen
About the Authors
How to Read the Pulse Illustrations
CHAPTER 1 History of Chinese Pulse Studies
CHAPTER 2 Introduction to Pulse Diagnosis
CHAPTER 3 Pulse Images
CHAPTER 4 Comparisons
CHAPTER 5 Concurrent Pulses and Associated Diseases
CI1APTER 6 The Pulse Monographs
CHAPTER 7 Pulse Diagnostic Case Records
Appendix 1 Pulse Map Comparisons
Appendix 2 Arrhythmia
Appendix 3 Strange Pulses
Appendix 4 Classic and Modern Books-Listed Alphabetically
Appendix 5 Points, Formulas, and Medicinals
Pulse Nomenclature Comparison Table
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Uncertainty and complexity shadow the practice of pulse diagnosis. There is no mystery,however, for the diligent. Palpation of the pulse provides direct contact with the blood andthe vessels, which are the rivers of life. It is a non-verbal form of communication wheredeeper knowledge and understanding is revealed. It is a path with heart that connects thepatient and physician.
Theoretical and practical knowledge of pulse images are required in order to penetratethese mysteries. Once the ability to describe, compare, contrast, and identify the pulses isachieved, the secrets of direct knowledge are revealed through practice.Knowledge gained through the pulse allows for greater dimensions of sense and sensitivitythan from dialog alone. Extending beyond the four diagnostic pillars of palpation,observation, inquiry, and olfaction are the practitioner's impressions, bodily sensations,internal images, and emotions. Such qualitative and subjective knowledge is precious andmust be tempered by consideration for a confluence of signs and symptoms with the rational discipline of Chinese medicine.This chapter establishes the basics and provides background information on the practice ofpulse diagnosis. The purpose is to provide an overview and some explanation about the theory and practice of pulse diagnosis.
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by Robert Baker on 2014-02-13 11:16:09
This is enlightening in many ways. A completely credible and understandable interpretation of many of the classics of Pulse Diagnosis.
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