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Pulse Reading by Finger Tips
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











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