The Normal Pulse from the Yellow
the pulse of the heart is like a strand of pearls; it flows continuously
beneath the fingertips. If the pearls arrive rapidly, without rhythm, and seem
to veer off the track, the indication is pathology of the heart. If the pulse
wave is curved in the beginning and straight in the end, and there is no
softness, this is called the death pulse of the heart.
normal lung pulse is light, floating, and soft; neither rushed nor slow. It is
like a leaf falling from a tree. If the pulse does not float back and forth
with the downward motion of the leaf, it is considered a pathologic pulse of
the lung. If the pulse wave feels like an object floating on the surface of
water and has no root, this is the death pulse of the lung.
normal liver pulse feels like the end of a long bamboo stick and is springy. If
it feels slippery and full, like the hard bamboo pole, this is a pathologic
liver pulse. If it appears as a new bow, taut and tense, this is the death
pulse of the liver.
normal spleen pulse is soft, harmonious, and rhythmic, like the feet of a
chicken as they touch the ground while walking. If the pulse is full and rapid,
like the chicken lifting its feet, this is a pathologic pulse of the spleen. If
the pulse wave appears like the beak or claws of a bird, sharp and hard, or
like a roof leaking randomly, or water flowing
downstream, never to return, this is the death pulse of the spleen.
normal kidney pulse has a round, smooth, slippery quality; it has a slight
tendency to sink. If the pulse wave appears to be a large climbing vine, hard
and not smooth or round, the indication is imbalance of the kidneys. If the
pulse appears to be two people fighting over something, as in a tug of war,
unpredictable, hard, and erratic, with tension, as hard as a marble, this is
the death pulse of the kidney."
From the Yellow Emperorís Classic, p74