Heart Memory

The heart in Chinese medicine is known as the ‘I’ or ‘mind’ of the body as well as being an amazing pump, it is now proven to be an organic centre with a memory of its own, which is the case for all the internal organs. Please refer to the various websites on ‘Cellular Memory’. For example it has been shown after heart transplants that the recipent transplant patient will start to take on characteristics from the donor. Thus it has a form of consciousness. Also the heart registers the chi differentials in each internal organ which are projected with each pulse. The Chinese medics from antiquity discovered these properties, thousands of years ago because their medicine is chi/energy based. As one can see below they mapped out where one can discern the differences of chi along both wrists. This is still used successfully today all over the Far East, and is now being used more in the West.

The pulses were first recorded in Yellow Emperor’s Treatise on Internal Medicine 2650 b.c.

Briefly when the relevant pulse feels lumpy, hard and tight it means that the corresponding organ and channel is too yang. If the pulse is feint, light and intermittent, the chi is too yin in the relevant organ and channel. Moreover if the pulse is clear, balanced, smooth and rhythmical the chi is harmonious. It takes practice to ‘feel’ the different chi in the pulses which can be enhanced by chi kung, tai chi and push hand practice, known as tung chin or listening chi exercises. After a time the practice becomes more intuitive and accurate.

The Pulses:


In the diagram the yin organs are in the centre and the superficial yang are laid out to the outside:-

Left Hand Pulse

kidney- yin-deep * bladder yang-superficial
liver – yin-deep * gall bladder yang-superficial
heart- yin-deep * small intestine yang-superficial

Right Hand Pulse

pericardium yin-deep * triple warmer yang-superficial
spleen yin-deep * stomach yang-superficial
lungs yin-deep * large intestine yang-superficial

This follows the Wu Hsing or 5 Element Theory, thus jing chi or generative force gives rise to:-

left pulse

water or kidney essence to
wood/liver to
fire/heart to

right pulse

fire/pericardium to
earth/stomach to


Read More in one of these Great Books…

Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life Book

Tai Chi Chuan & The Code of Life for Both East & West details how to build chi, circulate and store it. In order to understand the energetic method of Tai Chi & Chi Kung, Graham Horwood has highlighted parallels from its source, The I Ching and the archetypal principles from both Eastern & Western philosophy and medicine. The text and diagrams show the synergy between the different cultures, yet show how they are all linked. This enables the beginner or the experienced Tai Chi practitioner to improve their understanding of Tai Chi. This will strengthen both the mind and body opening the gateway to the inner person.

Plus an exclusive set of Chi Kung Exercises which will augment the building, circulation and storage of chi for the healer and martial practitioner. These are accompanied by an explanation of where chi comes from and the its application for the mind and body as well as the flow in the meridians.

Key to Health is a comprehensive guide on how to maintain or retain good health by balancing lifestyle relative to personality, gender and environment. So if the body is left alone, it will always try to heal itself, naturally. Here Graham Horwood lays out a classic, yet simple way to cover this. One major mainstay of health is food, but what type and how much? There are any number of suggested diets, peddled in all the media sources, books and on television by a variety of so called experts, nevertheless always changing and different. Whereas if you can harmonise the energy potential of food, one is free to judge what to do. Modern society and travel mean that we have lost or discarded many of our traditional and wholesome diets which were built up by trial and error over the centuries.

The simple, yet effective, method in Key to Health is self empowerment. This knowledge replaces habitual eating with informed choice. Therefore, delicious food can become a healing tool in itself. In 1985 one in forty people were destined to contract cancer. At the beginning of the 21st Century, one in three Westerners are threatened, yet in China it is still one in one hundred thousand. What is wrong? The answer is lifestyle, which Key to Health shows how to balance naturally. If knowledge is power, then self knowledge is freedom.

These simple principles, explained here in detail, have been tried and tested successfully for at least five thousand years, first cited in the Yellow Emperor’s Treatise on Internal Medicine. Also featuring an A-Z of health complaints with cures, using natural healing as well as a complete section of fortifying Breathing Exercises – Chi Kungs. These help balance and store up a surplus reserve of internal energy – Chi – in order to assist the healing process as well as relieving stress.