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
Taisu Pulse is named after Zhang Taisu, a doctor
in the Ming
Dynasty (1368 -1644) and a native of Mt Qingcheng (青城山)
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
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
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
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
Doctor and Fate
at Ghost Gate - A Doctor's Story (1)