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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2018, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (3): 181-185.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2018.03.001

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Differentiation and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis according to theory of latent pathogens*

Xu Yuan1, Tao Qingwen1, Wang Yan1, Song Naiguang2#, Zhang Chi2   

  1. 1 Department of Rheumatism, Beijing Key Laboratory of Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing 100029, China;
    2 Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2017-08-05 Online:2018-03-30 Published:2018-03-30
  • Supported by:
    *Surface Project of National Natural Science Foundation (No. 81673941), National Natural Science Fundation for Young Scholars (No. 81603588)

Abstract: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) takes on the characteristics of diseases due to latent pathogens. Essential qi deficiency is an internal factor, and ordinary factors of cold-dampness or damp-heat are preconditions of diseases due to latent pathogens. The six excesses are external pathogenic factors and pathogens of wind-cold and damp-heat are main pathogenic causes. The clinical characteristics of diseases due to latent pathogens are reflected in hiding and incubation, and aggravating factors will cause the diseases attack. The theory of latent pathogens can guide the diagnosis and treatment of RA, including avoiding six excesses and early treatment for getting rid of latent pathogens, and tonifying healthy qi and regulating constitution for truncating and reversing disease through starting treatment at asymptomatic stage, which reflects the thought of preventive treatment of disease. It is of great significance to improve clinical efficacy, decrease the occurrence of bone destruction and reduce disability rate

Key words: rheumatoid arthritis, latent pathogen, preventive treatment of disease

CLC Number: 

  • R254.2