The Secret of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (Third Edition)

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Bob Flaws
ISBN: 978-1-891845-58-1
Blue Poppy Press
238 pag. paperback 15 x 23 cm 2022

For more than 2,000 years Chinese doctors have relied on pulse diagnosis to identify patterns of disharmony in the body. The ability to “read” the pulse remains a crucial diagnostic tool in Chinese medicine to this day. Unfortunately, few Western practitioners of Oriental medicine feel truly competent in this art.

It has been more than 15 years since Dr. Flaws first described this approach to learning Chinese pulse diagnosis in the first edition of this book (1995). During the intervening years, Dr. Flaws continued to research the Chinese language literature on pulse-diagnosis and to refine the material contained in this book based on feedback from his students all over the world. Therefore, this book has gone through several editions.

In this book, Bob Flaws, a world-renowned Western teacher and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, explains why Western students and practitioners often have difficulty reading the pulse. He then reveals the secret of mastering the subtle art of Chinese pulse diagnosis, offering a way for anyone who applies this method in clinical practice to feel all 27 or 28 classic pulses. This is Dr. Flaws final revised edition of this long-lived book, containing his ultimate understanding of both this art and the best way to learn it. It also includes a number of new translations of pre-modern Chinese texts on this art. It is telling that he chose this book as the last one he worked on, seeing it as one of his greatest contributions to the field of Chinese medicine in the West. Since retiring at the end of 2010, Dr. Flaws has devoted himself to the fulltime practice of Tibetan Buddhism.