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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2017, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (4): 276-280.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2017.04.003

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Self-isomorphic ideology of human body in Huangdi Neijing*

LIAN Yi, HE Juan#   

  1. School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029
  • Received:2016-11-15 Online:2017-04-30 Published:2017-04-30

Abstract: Isomorphic thinking is widely represented in Traditional Chinese Medical theory, which is primarily exemplified by Huangdi Neijing(Huangdi’s Internal Classic). The abstract theory that supports this type of idea interprets the correlation among categories with similarity instead of certainty, and tends to describe a similar logic of structure. This article selects theories about human body’s similar structure among physiological systems in Huangdi Neijing as examples to introduce the features and applications of this thinking. It shows a self-isomorphic conception in the anatomy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There exists some logical similarity among categories as Zang and Fu organs, five Zang organs and body, meridians as well as five sensory organs. This association can be sorted by using Five-Element theory. Each element shares typical features of its own classification. Association among the various parts of human body can be identified and used in diagnosis and treatment. It enables the use of multi-modes in isomorphic comparison among categories as multi-dimension reference. Untypical elements also needs to be analyzed and rectified independently, which is the premise of this thinking.

Key words: Huangdi’s Internal Classic, isomorphic thinking, similarity, five phases, untypical elements, multi-dimension

CLC Number: 

  • R221