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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2015, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (5): 299-302.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2015.05.002

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Microscopic interpretation of TCM constitutional theory using intestinal microecology*

HUANG Teng-jie, LI Ying-shuai, LUO Bin#   

  1. School of Pre-clinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029
  • Received:2014-12-10 Online:2015-05-15 Published:2015-05-15

Abstract: Modern microecology states that there are a lot of commensal bacteria on the surface and inside human body, and most of them reside in the human intestines. The microbiota, which colonize in the gut of the host, the host, and the environment, together constitute a unity of dynamic equilibrium. Intestinal microecology is mainly to explore the structure and function of gut microbiota in the bodies of healthy human beings, to discover the influence of the structural disorder of gut microbiota on human health, and to use its intervention to guide the host to live healthily. Human’s constitution in TCM theory is considered as an inherent characteristic, which is formed on the basis of the prenatal and postnatal development of human beings, and affects morphology, physiology and psychology. The human gut microbiota are involved in many physiological and pathological activities, and their changes could reflect the physiological and pathological state of the host, so the research method of using intestinal microecology to study TCM constitution could be of important significance in the individual treatment. The four basic principles and three scientific questions of TCM constitutional theory are strongly interrelated with the basic theory of intestinal microecology, and they could serve as mutual interpretation. Based on the study result of modern intestinal microecology, this paper attempts to combine TCM constitutional theory with intestinal microecology, and offers microscopic interpretation of the four basic principles and the three key scientific questions of TCM constitutional theory.

Key words: TCM constitution, intestinal microecology, theoretical interpretation

CLC Number: 

  • R2-031