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Tibetan And Chinese Pulse Diagnostics: A Comparison–With Special Reference To Locations For Pulse Taking

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This chapter clarifies some of the relevant features, especially the controversies over the real nature of the locations for pulse taking, i.e. (Tib.) (m)tshon-kan-chag and its relationship with (Chin.) cun-guan-chi, and pulse manifestations in Tibetan and Chinese medicine respectively. It highlights that the influence of Chinese medicine on Tibetan pulse taking is considerable, as has been demonstrated by the use of some fundamental ideas, approaches, and terms from Chinese medicine. Concerning the pulse taking locations, the pulse qualities, the pulseorgan-time relations, and the use of the five evolutive phases, uncommon in other areas of Tibetan medicine, there is an astonishing accordance between the two medical systems. Nevertheless, Tibetan medicine integrated these influences into its own medical system and clinical practice. The modification of a medical system through the importation, absorption, or assimilation of culturally different medical knowledge is a common phenomenon in transcultural processes of human history.

Keywords: (Chin.) cun-guan-chi; (Tib.) (m)tshon-kan-chag; Chinese medicine; Chinese pulse diagnostics; Tibetan medicine; Tibetan pulse diagnostics



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