Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD) is a traditional method that is thought to evaluate the integrity of the organ systems via palpation of the radial arteries and is an important aspect of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine diagnosis. It is the modern interpretation of the Ding lineage pulse method from the Shanghai region of China and dated to the c.15th century. CCPD represents knowledge that has been developed and used by Chinese medicine physicians for centuries to maintain the health of their patients.
Various methods of early diagnosis were developed based on meticulous clinical observations (correlating disease signs with symptoms) accumulated by numerous generations of Chinese physicians. Pulse evaluation was and continues to be very important to advanced diagnosis and the assessment of the person’s “terrain” or condition. It is thought to indicate potential vulnerabilities within the organ systems and suggest the earliest stages of disease processes. When considered with all other available diagnostic information it may provide the practitioner with an in depth cross section of the person somewhere between birth and death. The interpretation of this information maybe helpful for early intervention and the implementation of appropriate life-long management strategies for maintaining optimal health.