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Wrist pulse diagnosis table for zang and fu viscera, Chinese

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Pulse diagnosis table, woodcut illustration from Cai ai bianyi (The Mugwort Gatherer's Companion), published in 1805 (10th year of the Jiaqing reign period of the Qing dynasty). This table shows the relationship between the three sections (sanbu) of the wrist pulse - cun (Inch), guan (Pass) and chi (Foot) - of the left and right hands, and the five zang viscera and six fu viscera of the body. That is, the left cun section corresponds to the heart and small intestine, the left guan section corresponds to the liver and gall bladder, and the left chi section corresponds to the [left] kidney and bladder. The right cun section corresponds to the lungs and large intestine, the right guan section corresponds to the spleen and stomach, and the right chi section corresponds to the mingmen (right kidney considered as 'Portal of Life') and sanjiao (Triple Burner).

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Right. Large intestine; lung; dry, metal. Stomach; spleen; wet, earth. Sanjiao (Triple Burner); mingmen (Portal of Life); ministerial fire xianghuo). Left. Small intestine; heart; sovereign fire (junhuo). Gall bladder; liver; wind, wood. Bladder; left kidney; cold, water.

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