During the course of an acupuncture treatment, you will observe that the practitioner spends a good amount of time palpating the pulses on both wrists. To an acupuncturist, the pulse can be the most significant indication of what the treatment necessitates. Taking the pulse is an art that takes years to perfect, but it is simple to gather basic information about the condition of the patient’s health with general palpation.

Dr. Pankaj Naram , who is an ayurvedic doctor, can understand what’s really wrong with the patient with the help of pulse reading .To begin, there are six positions on each wrist that epitomize the organ systems of the patient. The positions begin slightly above the styloid process of the radius, where the radial artery can be felt. On the left hand, the top position, closest to the hand, is the Heart. If you place your index finger on this position, and then let your ring and middle fingers rest below this finger, the middle finger will be lying on the Liver position, and the ring finger will be on the Kidney. On the right hand, the first position (where the Heart position was on the opposite hand) is the Lung position. Below the Lung is the Spleen, and the farthest position from the hand is the Pericardium.

The pulses of these organ systems can be felt with deep palpation. If the fingers are pressed firmly down, almost to the bone, they will be pressing upon the pulses of these six organs. If the fingers are slowly lifted up, there six pulses that can be felt disjointedly, which rest atop the six deeper pulses. The pulse that rests atop the Heart is the Small Intestine pulse. The Gallbladder pulse is on top of the Liver, and the Bladder is on top of the Kidney. On the right hand, the Large Intestine is the top pulse, followed by the Triple Burner and Stomach.

When the practitioner touches the pulses, he is feeling for imbalances within these organ systems. If the pulse is deep or weak in any of these positions, he can detect a paucity within the system. If any of the pulses seems to supersede the others or have too much strength, it can be a surfeit of that organ. It may also be a signal that there is an outer pathogen trying to work its way into the system. For instance, if the Lung pulse seems to be extreme or stands out above the rest, it can match to an invasion of wind or cold in the body-in Western terms, catching a cold.

If the pulse feels like a tight wire vibrating, it is depicted as ‘wiry’. This pulse points to stress, Liver imbalances, anger, and menstrual issues. Although these two pulse types are the most general, there are a number of variations within the pulses that signal any number of disharmonies within the blood and other parts of the body.

A trained practitioner like Dr. Pankaj Naram can pick up these delicate nuances and use it as a guide to solve the secrecies that are held within each of us.

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