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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2016, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (10): 811-814.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2016.10.004

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Connotation and modern scientific evidence for“heart controlling mental activities”*

YANG Tao, ZHAO Mingjing#, WANG Lei,MENG Wei, HAN Xiaowan   

  1. Key Laboratory of Chinese Internal Medicine, Ministry of Education # Beijing, Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine; Key Laboratory of Qi-tonifying and Blood-activating Therapeutic Rules for Cardiovascular Diseases, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700
  • Received:2015-12-11 Online:2016-10-30 Published:2016-10-30

Abstract: The theory of “heart controlling mental activities”, a foundational theory in TCM, has been running through the entire principles, methods, recipes and medicines of TCM and guiding traditional Chinese physician’s clinical practice. At the beginning, this article reviewed the origin and connotation of the theory. Then the modern scientific evidence for the theory of “heart controlling mental activities” was focused on. The heart pump function is the important basis of normal brain function, the endocrine function of the heart is closely associated with the brain function, and patients with cardiovascular disease often suffer from cognitive dysfunction and anxiety depression. In addition, some Results of modern physics and cases of heart transplant were showed as the supplementary evidence. At last, the clinical effectiveness of the theory was explained. From the above, the cardiac function in modern medical science is closely related to the brain function in TCM is proved. We should be effort to research it deeper in order to fully understand and expound its theoretical connotation.

Key words: heart controlling mental activities, heart, brain, treatment from regulating heart

CLC Number: 

  • R223.1+1