Modernization of Chinese Medicine on Pulse Diagnosis – An Evidence-Based Study 


Kuo Yu Cheng


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007)




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Pulse diagnosis is a unique method in Chinese Medicine. More than two thousand years, it has always been the core diagnostic method recorded in the classics such as Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Empero’s Canon Internal Medicine), Nanjing (Classic on Medical Problems) and Shang Han Za Bing Lun. (Treatise on Febrile and Miscellaneous Diseases). However, the theory of pulse diagnosis in Chinese medicine is unable to be well explained in modern hemodynamics. In 1991, our research team found that the phenomenon of resonance in the arteries which has always been missing in current dynamics. Subsequently in 1997, we derived a radial resonance equation to describe the property of the blood pressure wave propagating and transmitting in the arteries. From the resonance theory and the results obtained from both animal and clinical experiments, we verified the one-coin two sides aspects of the pulse diagnostic method and devised a pulse apparatus according to this principle. Through the pulse diagnostic apparatus, we could quantitatively analyze the patient pathological excess or deficiency of the meridians and five zang-organs and six fu organs (pathological matrix). In addition, a series of pharmacology research analyses of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, herbs prescription formula and western medicine on the reinforcing or reducing effect of meridians were being carried out. Meanwhile, with matrix operation, we were able to simulate the whole make up function of several herbs in a prescription formula (pharmacological matrix). In clinic, we found that the pathological indicator in pulse diagnostic apparatus-H.C.V. (Coefficient of Variations of Harmonics Magnitude) could quantitatively show the severity of diseases and evaluate the outcome of patients after treatment. Combined the pathological and pharmacological reverse pair matrixes, we could identify the indication of the prescription formulae recorded in the Medicine bible -Shang Han Za Bing Lun, such as the Renal Chi Wan formula.