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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (8): 630-635.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.08.003

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Prevention and treatment strategy of COVID-19 from the perspective of TCM membrane system*

Yang Guannan1, Jiang Xin2, Gu Xiaohong1#   

  1. 1 School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China;
    2 Third Affiliated Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2020-02-26 Online:2020-08-30 Published:2020-08-27
  • Contact: Prof. Gu Xiaohong, Chief Physician, Doctoral Supervisor. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. No. 11, Beisanhuan Donglu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029. E-mail: guxh1003@126.com
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation for Young Scientists of China (No.81804177), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No.2018M631408)

Abstract: For COVID-19, there is currently limited effective therapeutic approach or antiviral drugs at present. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), COVID-19 belongs to the category of “damp plague”, and it can be diagnosed and treated with distinctive pattern differentiation methods. However, its pathogenesis and transmission still needs further exploration. The TCM membrane system theory is a systematical summary of the understanding of “membrane” based on TCM ancient literature and modern medicine. The membrane system is distributed over all body cavities, connects the three jiao and covers all of the membrane-layered structures composed of connective tissue and epithelial tissue in the whole body. This system is regarded as the physiological pathway of qi, water and fire, as well as the pathological pathway of the pathogenic factors. It is believed that the damp-warm-heat pathogenic factors invade the membrane from the external mucosal membrane system of all orifices in the human body, and distribute inside of the body along the inner and outer membrane systems. The abnormality of membrane system is the core factor of the occurrence and transmission of the disease. On the base of such pathogenesis, it is proposed that the principle of prevention and treatment of COVID-19 should be defending the toxic pathogenic factors and dredging the membrane system so as to promote the elimination and excretion of pathogenic factors.

Key words: TCM membrane system theory, COVID-19, Mo Yuan (membrane), mesenchyme

CLC Number: 

  • R254.3