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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (6): 460-464.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.06.004

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Relationship between Internet addiction and liver in traditional Chinese medicine*

Zhang Xiao1,2, Zhang Qinyuan1#, Zhang Baihua1, Wang Chenggang1, Guo Gongshe2   

  1. 1 Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong 250355, China;
    2 Department of Psychology, Second Hospital of Shandong University, Shandong 250033, China
  • Online:2019-06-05 Published:2019-06-05
  • Contact: Prof. Zhang Qinyuan, Ph.D., Master’s Supervisor. Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 4655 University Road, Changqing, Jinan, Shandong, 250355. E-mail: zhangqinyuan1971@126.com.

Abstract: The pathogenetic mechanisms of Internet addiction, a disease of the modern times, can be analyzed from the perspective of emotions in traditional Chinese medicine, and the symptoms of the disease and those of emotional diseases in Chinese medicine can provide mutual reference to each other. The formation and development of Internet addiction is closely correlated with the liver in TCM.The present paper explored the following four correlations theoretically: the correlation between constitution characteristics of Internet addicts and the physiology and function of the liver in TCM, that between the onset of Internet addiction and the liver governing the free flow of qi, that between the negative emotions of Internet addiction and liver governing emotions, and that between the symptoms of Internet addiction and those of patterns of the liver. The findings of a survey of emotions associated with Internet addiction of college students in Shandong Province were also reported. In “A General Survey of Clinical Medicine” and “A General Survey of Medical Classics” in Chinese Medical Code (electronic version), the bibliometric frequency of the liver governing the free flow of qi was studied. The basic TCM patterns and core clinical manifestations of Internet addiction were also discussed according to literature data mining. In addition, the relation between Internet addiction and liver in TCM was studied from the perspective of clinical practice and medical literature.

Key words: Internet addiction, liver, emotions in Chinese medicine

CLC Number: 

  • R223.1