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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (5): 357-361.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.05.001

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Interpretation of TCM holism by qi-monism in concept of perpetual motion*

Qi Yuanling, Zhang Qingxiang#   

  1. School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong 250355, China
  • Received:2018-11-07 Online:2019-05-30 Published:2019-06-05
  • Contact: Prof. Zhang Qingxiang, Ph.D., Doctoral Supervisor. School of Traditional Chinese Medicine,Shandong University of Traditional Chionese Medicine, No. 4655, Daxue Road, Changqing District, Jinan 250355. E-mail: sdzqx2828@126.com

Abstract: The concept of perpetual motion refers to the viewpoint of movement, development and change that should be held in understanding the change law of things, including the medical problems of birth, old age, illness and death. Motion is the most basic and most important feature of cosmic inventory and human life, and the motive power for the development and changes of things. Qi-monism is an important philosophical thought in the Pre-Qin Dynasty. It holds that qi is the origin of the universe, the intermediary of the relationship among things, and qi has the movement forms of upward, downward, inward and outward movement. It is precisely because of the continuous movement of qi that all things change vigorously, that is, qi-monism has the concept of perpetual motion. Based on the philosophical basis of qi-monism, the holism of TCM elaborates the unity between human and nature, the homology and isomorphism of human viscera and the unity and harmony between human and society, precisely because of its concept of perpetual motion. The monism of qi, based on the concept of constant motion, maintains the overall concept of traditional Chinese medicine and makes people, nature and society an organic whole.

Key words: concept of perpetual motion, qi-monism, holism

CLC Number: 

  • R223.1+4