From Traditional Roots to Modern Evolution
The Shen-Hammer pulse system, often referred to as the Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD), is a specific method of pulse diagnosis that evolved from the teachings and clinical experience of Dr. John H.F. Shen and was further developed and codified by his student, Dr. Leon Hammer.
Here are some key points about the Shen-Hammer pulse system:
- Depth and Position: In the Shen-Hammer system, the pulse is examined at three depths (superficial, middle, and deep) and in multiple positions along the radial artery, which align with different organs and physiological functions.
- Qualities: The Shen-Hammer system classifies more than twenty-eight distinct pulse qualities, each with its own significance in terms of diagnosing the state of Qi, blood, fluids, and various organs.
- Integration of Western Medicine: While it’s rooted in traditional Chinese medical theory, the Shen-Hammer system also integrates understandings from Western medicine. This makes it a more comprehensive tool for practitioners trained in both modalities.
- Holistic View: The Shen-Hammer system is not just about identifying a disease or condition. It’s used to get a holistic view of the patient’s overall health, including the interplay between their physical, emotional, and mental states.
- Emphasis on History and Experience: The system emphasizes understanding the historical background of pulse diagnosis and the importance of personal clinical experience. Mastery of this pulse system requires extensive practice and mentorship.
- Books and Training: Dr. Leon Hammer has written extensively on this topic, and his book “Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies” is considered one of the seminal works on the integration of Chinese and Western medicine, with significant sections devoted to pulse diagnosis.
Dr. Joseph Weissbuch: A Practitioner’s Approach
Dr. Joseph Weissbuch has incorporated the Shen-Hammer pulse system into his practice, offering targeted acupuncture and herbal treatments. With a focus on chronic disease, internal medicine, and addressing stress and anxiety, Dr. Weissbuch’s use of this diagnostic system ensures a holistic understanding of his patients’ needs. For those looking to benefit from a blend of ancient wisdom and contemporary precision, booking an appointment with Dr. Weissbuch is a step toward holistic healing and optimal health.