T.C.M. style of treatment is very much based on analysing out an illness into a set of patterns of pathology - or 'syndromes' - every pattern clearly and precisely corresponds to particular clearly defined symptoms, and a corresponding pulse pattern or pulse quality.
Once the syndromes have been identified, the priority for treatment is established and set acupuncture points are used for each pattern of dysfunction.
In Oriental medicine we read and interpret 6 pulses on each wrist, with each pulse representing a particular organ and system. Pulse volumes are measured and noted, the weaker the pulse in a system, the lower the energy is in that system, and pulse qualities are also clearly noted.
Chinese medicine recognises 28 pulse qualities, including obvious ones such as too fast, or too slow, but we also have clearly defined and recognisable pulses such as choppy, wiry, leather, hidden, knotted, deep, slippery.... Each and every one of these pulses has particular significance, they all inform the treatment strategy, and reflect the progress of the patient.