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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (6): 445-448.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.06.001

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Experience of understanding pestilence from the perspective of five-circuit six-qi theory: Reading notes of two supplemented chapters in Suwen

Wang Yongyan1, Fan Yipin1, Zhang Huamin2, Bai Weiguo1, Wang Yanping1#   

  1. 1 Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China;
    2 Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
  • Received:2020-03-25 Published:2020-07-06
  • Contact: Prof.Wang Yanping, Researcher. No. 16 Nanxiaojie Road, Dongzhimen Nei Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100700, China. E-mail: Wangyanping4816@163.com

Abstract: The theoretical statements on epidemic diseases in the two originally-lost later-supplemented chapters in Suwen (Plain Questions) suggest that the five-circuit six-qi theory is still of significant reference to the prevention and treatment of pestilence in modern times. Taking three major historical pandemics as example, i.e. encephalitis B in 1974, influenza in 2009 and COVID-19 in Wuhan in 2019, this paper advocates that the TCM community should take the history as a mirror while shouldering the responsibility of preventing and treating epidemic diseases. The circuit-qi theory of the traditional ancient Chinese civilization needs to be integrated with modern ecology, sociology and other diverse disciplines and perspectives to seek the underlying cause of the spreading of pestilence. This paper also summarizes the essential pattern elements and the priority of treatment. Integrated Chinese and Western medical approach is emphasized in the battle against pestilence. The original thinking of holistic manifestation, numbers and changes needs to be highlighted. Under the guidance of ancient Chinese studies, observing the xiang (manifestation) of the disease to discern the underlying dao (way) of treatment should be used to guide the clinical practice.

Key words: supplemented chapters in Suwen, the theory of five circuit and six qi, epidemic disease, cold dry pestilence, cold damp pestilence

CLC Number: 

  • R221.1