Pulse wave analysis started in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is a broad range of medicine practices based on traditions from China from well over 2,000 years ago. Similar practices grew in many other regions, notably, India, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East. While the practices vary somewhat, this body of knowledge and experience shares many common concepts including acupuncture, meditation, herbal medicine, massage and other therapies. Still widely used in these countries, it has grown rapidly as a complementary alternative medicine approach in the West.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, pulse wave analysis was developed as a way to determine cardiovascular health. Several pulse wave features were identified and are still used today albeit not frequently as an indicator of arterial compliance. The stiffness index and/or augmentation index are examples of this.
Today, pulse analysis is used primarily to determine heart rate frequency. This has been extended as a way to measure intensity of sport or exercise as witnessed by the large number of wearables available that measure heart rates.
Mypulses has extended pulse analysis to include the entire pulse wave form. Measured at any number of body extensions such as the wrist, finger, ear, etc. the pulse wave and its variations provides valuable information on the peripheral nervous system. Indeed, the pulse wave form is constantly changing as the body is subjected to changing circumstances and conditions. With the help of big data and especially machine learning these features and their variations can be correlated with varying external and internal body conditions.