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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (3): 181-185.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.03.001

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Inspiration from Huangdi Neijing for “pan-marrow” hypothesis*

He Chunfeng1, Liu Wei2#   

  1. 1 School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong 250355, China;
    2 The Second Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong 250002, China
  • Received:2019-03-22 Published:2020-04-13
  • Contact: Associate Prof. Liu Wei, Ph.D., Master’s Supervisor. The Second Affiliated Hospital of Shangdong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. No.1 Jingba Road, Shizhong District, Jinan 250002. E-mail: lw_1369@163.com

Abstract: According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), brain marrow, spinal marrow, bone marrow, and essence, all in the category of “marrow”, are closely related in terms of physiology and pathology. Based on argument from analogy and understanding of marrow in Huangdi Neijing (Huangdi’s Internal Classic), this paper develops the theoretical system of the hypothesis of “pan-marrow”, an umbrella term for different types of marrow, and establishes correspondence between “pan-marrow” in Chinese medicine and multiple systems in Western medicine. As all marrow originates from kidney and gathers in the sea of marrow according to TCM, inspirations for treatment of marrow-related diseases are provided, i.e. besides supplementing kidney and essence, attention should be paid to supplementing both yin and yang and regulating body fluids, to offer new options for the prevention and combined treatment of multi-system disorders.

Key words: analogy, Huangdi Neijing, pan-marrow, therapeutic method

CLC Number: 

  • R221