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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (12): 993-997.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.12.005

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Reconstructing theoretical framework of Chinese medicine according to Qian Xuesen’s academic idea*

Meng Kaitao1, Zhang Zhiqiang2#   

  1. 1 Institute of Philosophy and Mathematics, Northwest University, Shaanxi 710069, China;
    2 Institute of Basic Clinical Chinese Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
  • Received:2019-06-24 Online:2019-12-30 Published:2020-01-06
  • Contact: Researcher Zhang Zhiqiang, Ph.D. China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. No. 16, Dongzhimen Nanxiaojie Road, Beijing 100700. E-mail:fx2200@163.com

Abstract: The systems theory proposed by Mr. Qian Xuesen,different from holism and reductionism, is the dialectical unity of holism and reductionism, which not only highlights the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine, but also makes up for its shortcomings. In this sense, it points out the right development path for Chinese medicine. Mr. Qian Xuesen’s vision that the science and technology system includes four level, i.e. philosophy, basic theory, applied theory and practical technology, is perfectly applicable to Chinese medicine. In addition, philosophical science embodies new wisdom based on the 12 laws of the universe, combining philosophical speculation with logical reasoning. Through logical reasoning, we can get rid of the irrational elements of philosophical speculation and the influence of human factors (especially ideology and concepts), and reach conclusions that are completely in line with the Objective laws of development of things. Philosophical science, slightly superior to philosophical speculation, is thus indispensable for Chinese medicine. Therefore, with the guidance of Qian Xuesen’s academic idea and philosophical science, it is possible to construct an ideal theoretical framework for Chinese medicine.

Key words: systems theory, philosophical science, theory of TCM

CLC Number: 

  • R2-03