Traditional Chinese Medicine/Pulse Palpation/Pulse positions

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(1) In the Pulse Classic (written in the late 2nd century), by Wang Shu-He, the correlations between pulse positions and organs are as follows:

At the LEFT WRIST POSITION-

  • Distal Superficial: Small Intestine
  • Distal Deep: Heart
  • Middle Superficial: Gallbladder
  • Middle Deep: Liver
  • Proximal Superficial: Bladder
  • Proximal Deep: Kidney


At the RIGHT WRIST POSITION-

  • Distal Superficial: Large Intestine
  • Distal Deep: Lungs
  • Middle Superficial: Stomach
  • Middle Deep: Spleen
  • Proximal Superficial: Triple Burner
  • Proximal Deep: Kidney (Life Gate)


(2) In the Nan Ching (Classic of Difficulties, written in about 200 AD), the correlations between pulse positions and organs are as follows:

At the LEFT WRIST POSITION-

  • Distal Superficial: Arm Tai Yang
  • Distal Deep: Arm Shao Yin
  • Middle Superficial: Leg Shao Yang
  • Middle Deep: Leg Jue Yin
  • Proximal Superficial: Leg Tai Yang
  • Proximal Deep: Leg Shao Yin


At the RIGHT WRIST POSITION-

  • Distal Superficial: Arm Yang Ming
  • Distal Deep: Arm Tai Yin
  • Middle Superficial: Leg Yang Ming
  • Middle Deep: Leg Tai Yin