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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (9): 709-712.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.09.001

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Exploration of primordial qi in TCM*

Li Zhihui, Wang Xiaoping#   

  1. School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong 250355, China
  • Received:2019-03-24 Online:2019-09-30 Published:2019-09-27
  • Contact: Prof. Wang Xiaoping, Ph.D., Doctoral Supervisor. Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. No. 4655 Daxue Road, University Sci-tech Park, Changqing District, Jinan, 250355. E-mail: jnwxp1962@163.com
  • Supported by:
    National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (No. 2013CB532002)

Abstract: The article puts forward that primordial qi refers to prenatal qi and original qi denotes both prenatal qi and postnatal qi. It expounds the connotation of the primordial qi in TCM and its relationship with the original qi. Firstly, the article argues that it is necessary to propose the concept of primordial qi in view of the ambiguity of the concept of the original qi. Secondly, it analyzes that primordial qi means the prenatal qi of the life gate and that it is the prenatal source, primordial driving force and the essence of healthy qi. Finally, it differentiates the primordial qi from the original qi in terms of their connotations, their prenatal and postnatal attributes, their yin and yang attributes, and treatments for their diseases.

Key words: primordial qi, prenatal qi, prenatal endowment, primordial driving force, original qi, differentiation

CLC Number: 

  • R223.1+4