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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (9): 785-788.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.09.014

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Preliminary analysis of the meaning of “excessive dampness causing sluggishness”

Jia Zhixin   

  1. Shanxi University of Chinese Medicine, Shanxi 030619, China
  • Received:2020-03-11 Published:2020-09-29
  • Contact: Associate Prof. Jia Zhixin. No. 121 Daxue Street, Yuci District, Jinzhong 030619, China. E-mail:13934534587@139.com
  • Supported by:
    Projects of Health Research funded by Health Commission of Shanxi Province (No. 201601118)

Abstract: Based on literature review, clinical practice and theoretical research, it is concluded that “湿胜则濡” (literally, excessive dampness causing sluggishness) is more likely to be the original text in Huangdi Neijing (Huangdi’s Internal Classic) than “湿胜则濡泻” (literally, excessive dampness causing diarrhea). At the same time, since both “湿” and “濡” can mean literally sluggishness and slowness, dampness is soggy and stagnant in nature, and it’s treated by promoting the flow of qi, it is concluded that “湿胜则濡” means “pathogenic stagnation leads to the pattern of stagnation”. By analogy, it is explained that “湿” (literally, dampness) denotes the concept of pattern while qi stagnation is its root cause. Therefore, dampness cannot be regarded as the pathological product of abnormal metabolism of body fluid because it may easily lead to misunderstandings like “dampness is yin in nature and moves downward”, “dampness is often treated with warming method” and “dampness must be treated by promoting urination”, which may cause excessive use of medicinal herbs warm in nature or diuretics, leading to consumption of qi and damage to fluid. It is proposed that “dampness should not be treated with unjustifiably nourishing yin”. Therefore, it is of great clinical significance to understand the underlying meaning of “湿胜则濡”.

Key words: excessive dampness causing sluggishness, dampness, qi stagnation, promoting the circulation of qi, nourishing yin

CLC Number: 

  • R255.9