Deepening Perspectives on Pulse Diagnosis

  • 28 Apr 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • 29 Apr 2018
  • 5:30 PM
  • Venetian Social Club, 8030 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118


The Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania presents:  

Deepening Perspectives on Pulse Diagnosis

 Upon completion of the seminar you will:


  • Have a broad perspective on the technical and diagnostic aspects of pulse diagnosis.
  • Be able to how to assess Stability on the pulse in terms of the parameters of rate, rhythm, amplitude, intensity, and quality.
  • Know how to stabilize the pulse with herbs and acupuncture in order to establish a sound foundation for continued treatment.
  • Be able to assess the relationship between the left side of the pulse and the right side of the pulse.
  • Know how to distinguish the three depths of the pulse: qi, blood, and organ and understand their significance in relationship to physiology.
  • Be able to diagnose the Three Heater on the pulse and understand the deeper implications of its physiology.


  • Be able to assess the pulse qualities that emerge as a patient becomes jing deficient through the primary path of either yin or yang deficiency.
  • Know the main herbal and acupuncture strategies for addressing the functional dynamics that these pulse qualities represent



Pulse diagnosis is one of the “Crown jewels” of Chinese medicine. Competency with the pulse is a significant part of the difference between symptomatic treatment and achieving a truly preventive level of care. Pulse diagnosis is as vital to cultivating a deep intuition in medical practice as it is to being able explicitly communicate to others what one is seeing and how one has arrived at any given diagnosis or treatment principle. This class will lay the foundation for a broad and deep appreciation of pulse diagnosis. 

On the first day we will concentrate on the big picture by looking at the whole pulse and considering the issue of stability in terms of rate, rhythm, amplitude, intensity, and pulse quality. We will then compare the left to the right side of the pulse with an eye toward understanding the important pulse patterns that may present on each side differentially. We will look at the three depths of the pulse, qi, blood, and organ, to comprehend their significance. We will discuss herb formulas and acupuncture point combinations for different pulse types. Finally, we will consider how to diagnose the Sanjiao on the pulse and it's related organ patterns.

 On the second day we will examine all the qualities that emerge as the pulse transitions proceed to jing deficiency through a path of either yin or yang deficiency. Emphasis will be placed on understanding physiology as gleaned through the pulse and all qualities will be demonstrated experientially. We will consider all qualities in relationship to individual positions on the pulse as well as for the pulse as a whole. I will also explain how to find and diagnose from the bilateral "Special Lung Pulse" in order to assess respiratory history and status.

NCCAOM 14 PDAs pending

Registration is not complete until payment has been received. Participants who sign up early must submit payment by the Early Bird date in order to receive the Early Bird Discount.

Cancellation Policy - 50% refund before March 31st - No Refund on/after April 14th.

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