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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2017, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (10): 813-816.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2017.10.004

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Combined formulas in traditional Chinese medicine and Kampo medicine: origin and comparison of clinical thinking*

WANG Jin1,2   

  1. 1 Institute of Chinese Classics in Chinese Medicine, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Jiangsu 210023, China;
    2 Centre for TCM Cultural Research, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Jiangsu 210023, China
  • Received:2016-11-15 Online:2017-10-10 Published:2017-10-10
  • Supported by:
    Jiangsu Province TCM Sci&Tech Project(No.YB2017003), Project of Philosophy and Social Science Research in Colleges and Universities of Jiangsu Province(No. 2017SJB0296), Project sponsored by Chinese Academy of Engineering Consulting Research (No. 2017-ZD-06), Project Funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, Project sponsored by Centre for TCM Cultural Research(No. ZYWH2017-10)

Abstract: This paper compares the difference of combined formulas between traditional Chinese and Kampo medicine by contrasting“qi,blood,fluid and humor”theory of TCM and “qi,blood and water” theory of kampo medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), combined formulas target at diseases of complicated pathogenesis with modified ingredients and dosage, which is featured by “multiple compound formula”. Whereas in Kampo medicine of Japan, “correspondence between formula and pattern” is emphasized for typical primary and secondary pattern. The combined formulas are used at the presence of multiple patterns with strictly standardized dosage and proportion. This emphasis on “correspondence between formula and pattern” tends to oversimplify the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and compromise its approach of treatment based on pattern identification. Combined formulas in TCM with multiple forms and layers are based on analysis of pathogenesis.

Key words: TCM, Kampo medicine, combined formulas, multiple compound formula, clinical thinking

CLC Number: 

  • R289