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Chinese/Japanese Pulse Image chart: Overthrown Pulse


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Illustration of Overthrown Pulse (fanbai mai) from Renyuan maiying guizhi tushuo (Pictorial Handbook of Pulse Images Based on the Person). This is a specialist text on pulse diagnosis attributed to the third-century master Shuhe, edited and revised by Shen Jifen in the Ming period (1368-1644). It discusses various pulse images and the medical conditions to which they relate, and contains 48 pulse image diagrams. This undated edition was engraved and published in Japan.

The text states: Overthrown Pulse is one of the Sixteen Weird Pulses (guai mai). It is also known as Peeling Corpse (tuo shi) pulse. The pulse image appears to the touch like two peas floating in water. It arrives vigorously and departs tardily. It occurs seven or eight times for each sequence of exhalation and inhalation. If this pulse is present in a patient suffering from cold damage and frenzied heat (kuangre), death will ensue within a day.



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