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Chinese/Japanese Pulse Image chart: Slow Pulse (chimai)

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Illustration of Slow Pulse (chimai) 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: The pulse image of Slow Pulse is as follows. If palpated lightly (ju, lit. raised), it cannot be felt, but it becomes perceptible if pressed hard, beating very faintly without clear continuity, and coming and going very slowly. Slow Pulse (chimai) relates to chronic syndromes (hanzheng guji). When present at the cun (Inch) pulse sector, Slow Pulse indicates exogenous cold Qi in the heart. At the guan (Pass) sector, it indicates cold in the stomach and inability to eat. At the chi (Foot) sector, it indicates cold Qi below the navel.



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