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[Pulse Dx.]Empty pulse
How it feels...
Big and soft without strength at superficial level at all the three positions
Empty and vacant with pressure
What it is differentiated from...
Hollow pulse is floating and big but vacant in the middle.
Scattered pulse is floating and scattered but without root, which means vacant with pressure.
Weak floating pulse is floating, fine and soft.
Floating pulse is floating but neither big nor small. With pressure it diminishes but not vacant.
What it indicates...
Empty and deficien patterns such as deficiency of the Qi and Blood, exhausted Blood and cold limbs, chronic disease with exhausted Qi of the internal organs, empty cold due to the deficiency of the Yang, empty heat due to the Yin deficiency and summer-heat invasion.
Why it so feels...
Qi deficiency may not push the Blood causing the pulse powerless. Deficiency of the Blood does not fill out the channels and vessels leading the vacant with pressure.
What its complications indicate...
Empty and floating pulse indicates the Qi deficiency or empty exterior with spontaneous sweating.
Empty and deep pulse indicates the empty interior.
Empty and choppy pulse indicates the Blood deficiency.
Empty and rapid pulse indicates the Yin deficiency.
Empty and deep pulse indicates the empty cold due to the Yang deficiency.