Posts Tagged ‘Pulse Diagnosis’


From: A…. C
Subject: gender prediction
To: ArthurFan@ChineseMedicineDoctor.us
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:53 PM

Hi –

I just read your post on the internet regarding determining pregnancy thru pulse reading. My Acupuncturist recently told me the gender of my baby thru pulse reading (only 6 days after and IVF transfer). Is there any merit to this, and if so, how early can it be done? He mentioned about the left side stronger, and not detecting the babies female hormone in my body, therefore it must be a boy. There’s not much about it on the internet, but what I could find says that it can be about 80% accurate.

Thank you.


A reply from Dr. Arthur Fan

Hi, A….,

The pulse diagnosis should be one of testing methods, which gives a trend of something (just a potential) and need other tests to confirm it.

My main concern is in “modern days”, there are too much interfering stuff which could affect the pulse and make the pulse diagnosis inaccurate some time (I mean the “sham pulse”). For example, using too much of progesterone may cause the pulse bigger and slippery, some providers may think the woman may get pregnant.

For your case, the pulse could be affected by the hormone or drugs you used during IVF.

At this moment, only 6 days after the embryo transferred, it is a bit too soon to tell –is boy or girl.

Let say, 10 women got pregnant only for 6 days, if the provider says 10 all boys. At last, if at half (5 are boys, 5 are girls), or as you said 80% chance, say 8 are boys, 2 girls, then some women will treat the provider “magic”(if at last they get boys), and other will treat him “nonsense”(if get the girls).

I mean, we use the pulse diagnosis as one of testing methods, which give us some trends, not the last diagnosis. We must combine some other methods to make last diagnosis. I strongly against the way–only use pulse diagnosis to tell something.

I did see some patients had bad experience from our “colleagues”.

Arthur Yin Fan, PhD,CMD,LAc
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“Dr.Arthur Fan, Could You Tell Me by Taking My Pulse–If I Already got Pregnant?”

Many patients or friends of mine have asked me such a question,my answer is “NO!”


Maybe, a little bit?

Some Chinese Medicine doctors/practitioners may tell their patients–they could tell if the female gets pregnant or not–by Taking patient’s pulse only.  To the patients or people who don’t know Chinese medicine, it seems really very magic! And this may attract some patients to see such providers.

However, I have to tell you the truth–We COULD NOT tell you if the woman already got pregnant or not, only according to the Pulse diagnosis. 

The condition is very complicated.

Indeed, when a woman gets pregnant, her pulse should be stronger and bigger than before, we call this style pulse is “slippery Pulse”(Hua Mai).

But, if a female has slippery Pulse, we could not say–“it is sure you got pregnant”. The slippery pulse only reflects that the body’s Yang Qi is over strong or at moving.

When a female gets pregnant, her Yang Qi is stronger and stronger day after day due to her hormone changes during the pregnancy, such as HCG’s increasing significantly over the time.

However, when a female does not have pregnancy, such as getting her period, or getting ovulation, or she just had a sex, or just after an exercise; sometime, we also could find she has a slippery Pulse (or similar pulse)!

When a female takes some special medications/drugs, her pulse also becomes slippery!!  For example, using prednisone or Progesterone.

When a female has hypertension, or headache, her pulse may become slippery too!!!

Only, when a female during her good age for pregnant (between her first menses to menopause), had sex with male (or IUI,IVF), then her period stopped over one week, her pulse becomes slippery, we could say this female has a bigger possibility–she may get pregnant. 

However, the golden criterion is her HCG hormone significantly increasing, not the Slippery pulse.

So, if a provider tell you–“you get pregnant”–only after pulse taking and did not ask you the period condition, medication and other related issues, you should question him/her–“Did you had good training in Chinese gynaecology?”

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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.


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