I have a question in regards to my pulse and breathing rate. My pulse is about 76 bpm and I take in only about 3-4 breaths per minute which is quite a low breathing rate. When I do take a breath it is very deep and "efficient" (so I was told by a Western herbalist) and I have no issues with breathing. When I was going through acupuncture school fellow students would tell me to "not hold my breath" during pulse-taking practice but I don't hold my breath, this is spontaneous and natural for me. I attribute this to my many years of meditation practice which calms the nervous system which controls breathing.
Some practitioners use the system of judging a patient's pulse rate in relation to their own breathing (i.e. if there are 6 pulse beats to each respiration the pulse is rapid and this indicates a hot disease). In my case I have 19 pulse beats per breath which would be a very hot disease by this standard. I do have a bit of empty-heat but I'm not an overly hot person. With patients, I just use a watch to count the pulse rather than measuring it with my breath as this is more objective.
So I'm wondering what does TCM say about this breathing rate and do others have this issue?