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Pulse Reading by Finger Tips
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The Story Told by A Chinese Doctor (2)

16 April 2009
 

1) Greeting at Ghost Gate

2) Taisu Pulse

Anyone who consulted TCM doctors would experience wrist pulse diagnosis. Subtle changes in the pulse are main indications for doctors to determine the health status of patients. A highly skilled TCM doctor can tell complete internal conditions in your body, including hidden problems that you are not aware of. To put it this way, a good pulse reading through doctor's finger tips is often more accurate than that done by computed tomography.

But to learn how to read pulse by finger tips is not an easy task. Firstly, you must be extremely smart; and then you need to be tutored by a true master in the field; and last, you have to practice many years and feel tens of thousands of pulses.

In the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, only two or three in every hundred doctors really understand how to do proper pulse reading; and only one in every thousand is able to use the finger tip pulse reading as an instrument for early diagnosis and prevention of disease.

Jin Wei (金伟), a blind doctor known as Live CT, is one of such great masters in contemporary TCM world. Maybe in the modern age ruled by unwarranted materialism, it is easier for a sensually disabled person to reach the top level of cultivation.

In fact, reading pulse by finger tips can tell a grand TCM master much more than merely your physical and mental conditions. He can learn the secrets in your life and destiny.

One of the diagnosis methods that is used to detect something beyond physical and mental is called Taisu Pulse (太素脉).

Taisu Pulse is named after Zhang Taisu, a doctor in the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644) and a native of Mt Qingcheng (青城山) in Sichuan Province, who complied a book titled The Secrets to Taisu Pulse (《太素脉秘诀》). Developed from earlier techniques of fortune-telling through pulse-reading, that first appeared during the Han Dynasty (206BC - 220AD), Taisu Pulse can also be categorized as the physiognomy.

When my great grandfather was running his clinic in Shanghai, there was a man having a Taisu Pulse reading stall at a nearby street market. His reading was reputed to be amazingly accurate hence among his patrons, there was a large number of VIPs.

At the beginning my great grandfather was rather dubious over the whole fortune telling via pulse reading business, so sent a guy working at his medicine store to see the man. The guy returned to report to my great grandfather that according to the pulse reader he would one day govern an area with over a thousand households.

Everyone at the store, including my great grandfather, laughed at the ridiculous prediction and quickly forgot this little incident.

A few years later, Japan invaded China and the guy left the medicine store to join the resistance force fighting against the Japanese. For his bravery and courage, he received numerous awards and fast promotion, and eventually was appointed as a county magistrate in Jiangsu Province.

In another occasion a man went to consult the pulse reader about his fortune and was advised that by fate he would produce no sons, and that if his wife did give birth to a baby boy, the boy would die before reaching the age of 7. The man wasn't impressed with the reading and told the pulse master that of his three sons, tow died at three or four, but the third boy had already been 10-year old.

The pulse reader was silent and returned the reading fee to the man.

Some years later, the man discovered that the third boy wasn't his son after all, but the result of a secret affair between his wife and her lover.

It seems we shall always refrain from being judgemental over subjects that we yet to know and yet to understand, as we may not really see the whole picture as we think we do.

Excerpt of original Chinese text by 池草
(tianya.cn/techforum/content/16/624158.shtml):

二、太素脉

看过中医的朋友,都被医师试过脉搏。脉搏的跳动的细微变化,是中医师判断病患身体状况的主要依据。精通脉法的医师,摸一会儿脉,能把你身体所有的疾病和不适一一说出,有些甚至是特别细微的、连患者自身都不太注意的情况也不会遗漏,不夸张的说比高科技的CT机还要精准。但是要学会这样的脉法,首先自己要是绝顶聪明的人,其次要有名师指点,然后通过N年的实践和磨练,摸过数以万计的脉象之后,才能够获得。中医界真的懂得脉法的人,一百人里也就有那么两三个;懂脉法的人里面,一千人里未必能有一个修炼到这个境界。

现代中医界有一位老师叫金伟的,人送外号“活CT”,大概可以称得上奇才中的一个。金老师是盲人,也许在现代社会里,只有摒却花花世界的骚扰,才有可能修炼成这样的盖世绝技吧。

言归正传,下面讲的太素脉的故事,却是跟命运有关的。太素脉法是一种通过脉搏跳动来判定人生吉凶祸福的方法,可以归入相法一类。现在可考的资料,这种相法早在汉代甚至更早就已经有所流传。明代青城山人张太素,加以归纳总结,整理出一本《太素脉秘诀》,流布世间,所以后来就管这种相法叫太素脉法了。

曾祖父民国初年在沪上坐诊的时候,有一人在街市上以太素脉法为人评断吉凶祸福,每次收银洋五角,据说非常灵验,有很多知名人士也要找他去看。

因为也算半个业内人士,曾祖不太相信凭借脉法就可以卜算命运的说法。当时药店有个伙计天生脉象奇特,曾祖父就差遣他去卜算。伙计回来后汇报卜算结果说:日后当享千户之禄。大家都觉得好笑,一个药店的伙计,怎么可能会当大官。曾祖也付之一笑,以为此人不过是收取银钱,说些奉承话罢了。

数年后倭寇乱华,此人从戎抗日。因战功卓著,屡屡提升,后在江苏某县任县长之职,所辖千户有余。

另外一则是曾祖父听说,当时有一人问卜,先生说他命中不该有子,即使生下男孩七岁之前必定夭亡。此人太太生三子二女,前两子都是三四岁间夭折,女儿无恙,第三子现已十岁,健康活泼。于是嘲笑先生卜算不准。先生沉默不语,退回卦金。

数年后此人家中东窗事发,才知道第三子是太太与下人私通所生。于是众人愈加佩服那个算命先生的算数。

如此看来,世间有好多技能不是依靠我们的臆度就能够了解,不必因为自身狭窄的知见就轻易地否定别人。所谓人外有人,天外有天,果然是这样啊。

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