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Chinese/Japanese Pulse Image chart: Surging Pulse (hongmai)

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Illustration of Surging Pulse (hongmai) 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 text states: The pulse image of Surging Pulse is as follows. The pulse arrives forcefully and departs slowly, and when pressed, it feels full beneath the fingers. Surging Pulse relates to high fever. When present at the cun (Inch) pulse sector of the wrist, it relates to heat in the chest and costal region; at the guan (Pass) sector, it relates to heat in the stomach; and at the chi (Foot) sector, to heat in the lower abdomen and ileum.

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HEADING: Illustration of Surging Pulse (hongmai)

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