The Shen-Hammer system of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis™ ("CCPD") is a sophisticated system of diagnostics which relies on the subtleties of the sensations, qualities and structure of the radial artery at both wrists. While heavily steeped in ancient wisdom and classical traditions of pulse diagnosis dating back thousands of years, CCPD has evolved to provide insight into the diseases and constitutional imbalances that affect modern man in an industrial world.
CCPD was significantly adapted by Dr. John H.F. Shen over the course of his long and renowned career, during which he saw hundreds of thousands of patients. After an intensive apprenticeship with Dr. Shen over a period of 28 years, Dr. Leon Hammer took on the arduous task of codifying and continuing the evolution of this pulse system.
The Evolution of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis
The Shen-Hammer System of Pulse Diagnosis
Integrating concepts and clinical realities that have not been diagnosed by any other diagnostic methods in Chinese medicine, CCPD is truly a treasure which can change the lives of patients. An understanding of what constitutes a healthy, balanced pulse means that even the subtlest deviations from this norm can be detected. This establishes the importance of pulse diagnosis not only in treating disease, but also as a preventative medicine.
What is CCPD?
The intricacies of CCPD are complex. To learn them fully requires a great deal of hands-on training with a certified teacher. Essentially, however, information is synthesized from the combinations of various qualities felt at the six principle pulse positions and the twenty-two complementary positions, as well as the qualities perceived uniformly over the entire pulse and at each of the requisite depths. Integrating the information from these seemingly disparate parts, a qualified practitioner is able to arrive at a complex diagnosis that prioritizes imbalances according to the root causes of disease.
Clarifying The Complex
The Pulse and Prevention
This is a site all about chinese pulse diagnosis, particularly the shen hammer system of contemporary chinese pulse diagnosis and the work of Dr Leon Hammer and Dr John Shen. You will find information on the history of the shen-hammer system of contemporary chinese pulse diagnosis, studying it with certified instructors, seminars, workshops and classes, and links to information about some of Dr Hammer’s other work, such as contemporary oriental medicine, asking diagnosis, and his college: Dragon Rises College of Contemporary Oriental Medicine.