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Pulse Diagnosis

We are excited to offer pulse diagnosis using the Shen-Hammer pulse system. It is the result of Leon Hammer’s study of the pulse system which he inherited through his 28 year tutelage of Dr. John H.F. Shen. With 80 qualities, 6 Principal positions, 22 Complementary positions, and 6 Depths it offers an in-depth view of a person’s past, present, and future health. It is not simply measuring the rate and the rhythm. There are subtle qualities that are felt at each position and depth which provide information about what is going on inside one's body.

Pulse diagnosis is an amazingly effective way to understand the person as a whole and to proactively identify even small deviations from health. Overall strengths and weaknesses will be assessed, as well as mental/emotional states, effects of lifestyle and environment, the function of the organs themselves. One aspect of interpretation involves understanding each part’s contribution to the body as a whole. This system is a wonderful diagnostic tool that provides valuable information, even in the complex or long-lasting cases that have perhaps not responded to conventional therapies. Discovering the root causes of your symptoms via the pulse helps to plan & prioritize more focused treatment strategies.

This pulse system takes years of instruction and hands on practice to learn and implement. Our lineage can be traced back directly over 600 years to the Ding family in the Menghe region of China. Dr. Hammer has continued to teach and refine this system and its’ diagnostic revelations over the last 30+ years.   Our acupuncturist, Jann, began study of this  system in 2009, as it is a cornerstone of the curriculum at Dragon Rises College. She continues advanced studies directly with Dr. Hammer at Dragon Rises College.

To learn more, please visit the Center for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine website.