Understanding Pulses and Seasons from the Classics
Exclusive with the CEU Package of Ancient Wisdom in Practice Symposium
This short paper is a kind of introduction to the presentation on the pulses by my dear friend Deborah Woolf. It starts with elucidating the real meaning of the character mai (脈 or 脉), usually translated either by « pulse » or by « vessel » (according to the context)? Some excerpts from classical texts give us interesting clues. Then it considers the seasonal and cyclic variations of the pulses in an healthy person and their importance in diagnosis and treatment management. The presentation of the Spring Pulse, in the Suwen ch.19, will be used as an illustration of both healthy and pathological seasonal pulses.