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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2016, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (8): 624-629.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2016.08.002

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Theoretical framework changes of Life Gate Doctrine*

WANG Weiguang,CHEN Zijie, WANG Huiru, LIANG Yan, ZHAI Shuangqing#   

  1. School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029
  • Received:2016-03-02 Online:2016-08-31 Published:2016-08-31

Abstract: To study the influence of TCM clinical practice on the development of TCM theories by the way of studying “Life Gate (mingmen)Doctrine”, including its history, its theoretical framework and the reason for its vicissitude . The rise was in Ming Dynasty and fall was in Qing Dynasty, and decentralization in Foundamental Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a unified compiled teaching book. In Ming Dynasty, Life Gate Doctrine originated from the requirement of interpreting the life-propelling force and the force mechanism, and was established with Neo-Confucianism as its central foundation. But for the reason of lacking practical ground, the doctrine declined in Qing Dynasty. In Foundamental Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the theoretical framework of Life Gate Doctrine was not original, but a new one based on parts of the original framework of “life-propelling force-liver, heart, spleen, lung, kidney viscera-organ”. The changes reflected the theoretical construction of “liver controlling dipersion” due to two causes: the changes of mainstream thoughts induced the difference of central structure and central theories, which were mutually exclusive in Life Gate Doctrine whose inherent problems were magnified;throughout, the interpretation of “life-propelling force” was indispensable for TCM theory. In a word, it is undoubtedly significant to study TCM Viscera-Organ Theory and improve clinical practice based on understanding the changes of Life Gate Doctrine.

Key words: Life Gate Doctrine, theoretical construction, historical investigation

CLC Number: 

  • R2210