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Pulse diagnosis chart: Sectors and illnesses, left wrist

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Woodblock illustration from Maijing tuzhu (Canon of the Pulse, illustrated and annotated), author unknown, published in 1901 (27th year of the Guangxu reign period of the Qing dynasty). It shows the relationship between the three pulse sectors (cun [Inch], guan [Pass] and chi [Foot]) of the right wrist, and the parts of the body affected by disease. In general terms, the cun, guan and chi sectors of the right wrist correspond to the shangjiao, zhongjiao and xiajiao (Upper, Middle and Lower Burner) respectively. More specifically, in the cun sector, the floating (fu) pulse corresponds to the chest cavity, and the sunken (chen) pulse to the lungs. In the guan sector, the floating pulse corresponds to the stomach and the sunken pulse to the spleen. In the chi sector, the floating pulse corresponds to the large intestine and triple burner, and the sunken pulse to the kidney.

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PICTURE TITLE: Untitled. OTHER LETTERING: Cun (pulse); guan (pulse); chi (pulse); pit of the stomach (xiongkou); lung; stomach; spleen; sanjiao (Triple Burner); large intestine; kidney; outer/inner; outer/inner; outer/inner; floating (fu)/sunken (chen); floating/sunken; floating/sunken; shangjiao (Upper Burner); zhongjiao (Middle Burner); xiajiao (Lower Burner); right hand

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