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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (10): 809-813.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.10.003

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Interpretation of “pills” in the line “the doctor purged it with pills”*

Song Qiumeng, Liu Ning, Jia Chunhua#   

  1. School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2020-03-10 Online:2020-10-30 Published:2020-11-04
  • Contact: Prof. Jia Chunhua, Ph. D., Chief Physician, Doctoral Supervisor. School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, No. 11 Beisanhuan Donglu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029. E-mail: jiachunhua125@163.com
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81874514)

Abstract: Regarding the meaning of the line “the doctor purged it with pills” in Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases), there have been various speculations since ancient time, but no detailed interpretation could be traced. Based on the original text and its context, this article attempted to analyze the nature, action, and composition of “pills” combined with previous annotations. It is deduced that those “pills” might be a class of purgatives that contain violent and even toxic drugs with pungent properties, and their indication is possibly constipation caused by unresolved exterior pathogenic factors entering the exterior of the body. Based on such deduction, two classical medical books of Wai Tai Mi Yao (Arcane Essentials from the Imperial Library) and Qian Jin Yao Fang (Important Formulas Worth a Thousand Gold Pieces) are searched to find corresponding prescriptions, namely, Shenshi Kuaichi Pill, Gujin Luyan Xuming Pill and Kuaichi Pill.

Key words: “The doctor purged it with pills”, pills, Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases), Shenshi Kuaichi Pill, Gujin Luyan Xuming Pill

CLC Number: 

  • R222.2