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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (10): 808-812.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.10.003

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In-depth interpretation of TCM holistic concept from the perspective of “harmonizing & integrating” thinking*

Wang Xiaoping   

  1. School of Chinese Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong 250355, China
  • Received:2018-12-18 Online:2019-10-30 Published:2019-11-25
  • Contact: Prof.Wang Xiaoping, Ph.D., Doctoral Supervisor. Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, No. 4655, University Road, Science and Technology Park, Changqing District, Jinan, Shandong 250355, China. E-mail: jnwxp1962@163.com
  • Supported by:
    National Key Basic Research Development Project (973 project) (No.2013CB53200Z)

Abstract: Holistic concept and its contents are in line with traditional Chinese culture, thus differentiating itself from the “holistic concept” of Western medicine with distinct characteristics and viewpoints. The “harmonizing & integrating” thinking is the humanistic spirit universally acknowledged by the Chinese people and the most distinctive cultural concept of ancient Chinese philosophy. “harmonizing & integrating” thinking has rich connotations such as integrity, coordination, spontaneity, dynamics, and generativeness. By interpreting and analyzing the holistic concept with such a thinking, more profound connotations of that concept are uncovered. It has the basic characteristics of the original holism, and emphasizes methodologically treating the part from the overall picture; it values the coordination and order among functions and relations, rather than the connection between anatomical structures and interaction of substantial particles; it stresses self-harmonization, and incorporates it into the therapeutic principle by advocating regulating and harmonizing instead of conflicting; by underlining the multidimensional connection of time, space, body and spirit, it promotes adapting to time and vitality transformation, which differs from anatomical structure chiefly based on space. Therefore, TCM holism is proven to be a unique and valuable concept.

Key words: harmonizing & integrating, holism, Huangdi Neijing (Huangdi’s Internal Classic), basic theory

CLC Number: 

  • R22