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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (7): 536-540.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.07.002

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Alignment between essence-replenishing viscera-nourishing method and modern stem cell transplantation in repairing tissue damage based on “primordial essence-qi theory”

Li Hongmei1, Wu Fenfang2, Xu Anlong1,2#   

  1. 1 School of Life Sciences, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 102488, China;
    2 College of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangdong 510006, China
  • Received:2019-02-08 Online:2019-07-30 Published:2019-09-03
  • Contact: Prof. Anlong Xu , Ph. D., Doctoral supervisor. School of Life Science, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 102488. E-mail: xuanlong@bucm.edu.cn

Abstract: With the property of essence, stem cell is the existing form of essence at the micro-level of the body. From the viewpoint of embryogenesis, stem cells conform to all the functional characteristics of essence. Essence generates primordial qi and can reflect the material structure, while primordial qi can embody the function of metabolism and energy transfer. Besides, the procedure of proliferation, differentiation and energy metabolism of stem cells after maturation is similar to the process of how essence generates primordial qi, as the generating and restraining relations described in the theory of five elements (i.e. five forms of energy). Modern medicine attempts to repair tissue damage by taking advantage of the functional characteristics of stem cells, which is theoretically identical to the theory of “primordial essence-qi” in traditional Chinese medicine and the method of “tonifying essence to nourish viscera”. As the kidney stores the essence, stem cells directly supplement congenital kidney essence to promote the repair of damaged tissues, playing an effect beyond the reach of any drug. It is a classic paradigm of “treating the root of chronic disease” in traditional Chinese medicine and provides new ideas and methods for the innovation and expansion of stem cell technology under the guidance of integrated theory of traditional Chinese and Western medicine.

Key words: essence and primordial qi, tonifying essence to nourish viscera, stem cells, tissue repair, theoretical identity

CLC Number: 

  • R2-031