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Chinese/Japanese Pulse Image chart: Full Pulse (shimai)



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Illustration of Full Pulse (shimai) 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 Full Pulse is as follows. The pulse is ample and long; when pressed it recedes from the touch, when touched lightly (ju, lit. raised) it is vigorous. It feels the same when palpated both superficially and deeply, and is neither sickly (ji=sickly, scribal error for ji=hurried?) nor slow. Full Pulse relates to diarrhoea and dysentery. When present at the cun (Inch) pulse sector of the wrist, it relates to heat in the stomach; at the guan (Pass) pulse sector, to diarrhoea from cold attack; at the chi (Foot) pulse sector of the wrist, to pain below the navel and scant, bloody urine.



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Chinese/Japanese Pulse Image chart: Full Pulse (shimai). Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

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