The Pulse diagnosis is one of main methods in Chinese Medicine. Traditionally, the evaluation impression could be reached after using any of four styles of diagnostic methods. So, the patient’s pulse is important in this style of medicine.
Traditionally, the doctor considers that the pulse reflects patient’s constitution and the patient’s illness change. However, it may be affected by many other conditions, such as exercise and medications.
Herbal medicine could affect patient’s pulse in some extents, for example, qi-improving herbs may cause the pulse stronger. Even more, if the patient takes too much of qi-improving herbs, the pulse may become slippery or overstrong (there are over 25 definition of pulses – e.g., slow and fast, deep and floating, slippery, wiry, and fine).
Medications may affect the patient’s pulse very much, for example if the patient uses Progesterone, the pulse is slippery and like she is already pregnant.
The beta-blocker could decrease the pulse rate and force, so the pulse may be weak and slower than should be. The anti-hypertension drugs also affect patient pulse depending on specific style of action.
Some medications may indirectly affect the pulse. For example, some antibiotics may hurt patient’s stomach, causing gastritis and pain, which may cause the patient to have a string pulse.