Pulse diagnosis
Pulse diagnosis


Pulse diagnosis is a technique used to diagnose disease and to guide treatment for medical conditions.

Pulse diagnosis is described as a skill that is very difficult to master. It requires subtle pulse readings in many locations and in multiple combinations.
There are no known safety concerns. However, don't rely on pulse diagnosis to identify or diagnose medical conditions instead of getting a check-up that uses modern methods of diagnosing disease.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if pulse diagnosis is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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  • Diagnosing a disease.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pulse diagnosis for this use.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate or safe use of pulse diagnosis depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Pulse diagnosis is a technique used in traditional Asian systems of medicine including traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). Practitioners of these systems of medicine check the pulse for strength, speed, and other qualities. They believe that certain pulse qualities indicate energy imbalances in specific organs or areas of the body. Treatments are often guided based on these pulse qualities.
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