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Pulse Diagnosis

Discover the root cause of your symptoms.

Pulse diagnosis is one of the main diagnostic methods used in Chinese medicine to help identify patterns of disease and pinpoint signs of distress within the body. Through the interpretation of the flow of blood at the radial arteries of your wrists, pulse diagnosis gives the practitioner information about the functioning of your organs as well as your mental/emotional state. Based on the qualities of the pulse at specific positions, the practitioner can tell if there are deficiencies, blockages, dysfunction, inflammation, or infection affecting specific organs or areas of the body. Pulse diagnosis helps the physician to uncover underlying causes of disease so that the appropriate herbal formula can be constructed to treat your body's specific needs.

Pulse diagnosis can be used to detect many health concerns including: cardiovascular conditions, sinus and respiratory conditions, liver/gallbladder dysfunction, emotional disorders, gynecological conditions, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal conditions, pain, and much more. We use this information to guide your treatment, and not only alleviate your symptoms, but actually treat the underlying cause(s).


Pulse diagnosis goes far beyond just taking the pulse rate. During the examination, the practitioner’s fingers are placed at very specific locations on the radial artery that directly correspond to different organs or areas of your body. On the left side of the pulse we can assess the function of your heart, diaphragm, esophagus, liver, gallbladder, reproductive organs, adrenal glands, lower back, knees, ankles and feet.  The right side of the pulse reveals information about your sinuses, lungs, thyroid, throat, stomach, pancreas, bladder, shoulders and neck.  During your consultation, you will get a full assessment of each of these areas.


Much like a laboratory test, pulse diagnosis is a true measurement of your health. In fact, pulse diagnosis is Chinese medicine's equivalent to a blood test (before this technology existed), measuring the functioning of your body. With pulse diagnosis, we can also identify disease processes early on, before they turn into major health problems. This valuable tool also allows the practitioner to monitor your treatment progress. As your pulses improve, so will your health.  


Dr. Stephanie Bartolotti, DACM has extensive advanced training and certifications in pulse diagnosis with pulse experts, Dr. Leon Hammer and Jimmy Chang, and also teaches these methods to other practitioners throughout the world.

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