Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Balanced Pulse

The pulse of a healthy person is discussed in Ling Shu, chapter nine.  Keeping with the thorough nature of the Nei Jing, the healthy pulse resonates through the entire microcosm and macrocosm.  From the pulse, all can be discerned about the patient.

“所谓平人者不病,不病者,脉口人迎应四时也,上下相应而俱往来也,六经之脉不结动也,本末之寒温之相守司也,形肉血气必称也,是谓平人。”

“The one that is called the balanced person is not sick; Cun Kou [and] Ren Ying pulse [beat] in accord with the four seasons; the upper pulse (Ren Ying) and the lower pulse (Cun Kou) heed each other’s comings and goings; the pulses of the six meridians beat with no irregularities; the [body’s] beginnings and ends, the cold and warmth are self-preserving and self-regulating; the body’s form, muscle, blood, and qi must be in agreement, this is what is called the balanced person.”

Published by Raul Ramirez, L.Ac., Ph.D.

Physician, Catch Wrestler, Kickboxer, Vegan, Progressive

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