When I check your pulse, I look for several things.  

  • The three main positions (Chi, Guan, and Cun)
  • The depth of the pulse (floating, deep, etc.)
  • The force of the blood going through the pulse (weak, sluggish, or forceful, etc.)
  • The shape of the pulse (thick, thin, scattered, etc.)


Many problems are due to a “floating pulse.”  

  • Floating Lung pulse:  allergies or skin problems
  • Floating Spleen pulse:  acidic stomach
  • Floating Kidney pulse:  tight back or shoulders, muscle spasms, hormone imbalance, stress
  • Floating Heart pulse:  insomnia
  • Floating Liver pulse:  stress, headaches, irritability, anxiety


What Does a Floating Pulse Mean?

The floating pulse means that your qi is rising instead of circulating normally or sinking.  The pulse has no root, so then problems manifest.  It’s like if you feel your pulse at the very surface, it seems strong, but with a slight pressure, it disappears.  

It’s like “vata” – or an air imbalance – in Ayurvedic medicine.  The typical vata person is nervous, moves around quickly (kind of like a chihuahua or other little nervous dog-type), and is thin.  

When we get sick with a cold or flu, it’s often because we let our qi rise, or rebel upwards.  Deeply relaxing will allow your qi to sink back to where it should be and you will heal faster.  

Nervous types of people need a regular schedule of relaxation (see below) to keep their qi rooted.  

If you feel tired, drinking caffeine to keep going will cause your qi to uproot and rebel.  Rest helps your qi recover.  


What Can I Do To Root My Qi?

  • Acupuncture (of course)
  • Eat more root vegetables 
  • Eat more good fats and oils
  • Deep breathing
  • Submersing in water (showers are ok, baths are better, swimming in a large body of natural water is the best)
  • Going barefoot outside (especially on the grass, rocks, or sand)
  • Anointing your body with oils or – even better – have someone massage oil on you!
  • Laying down quietly.  Reading is ok; TV or computer is NOT ok and will cause more rebellious qi.
  • Meditation