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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (11): 885-891.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.11.001

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Discussion on the TCM concept of pathogenic“wind”*

He Juan   

  1. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine,Beijing 100029,China
  • Received:2020-06-12 Online:2020-11-30 Published:2020-12-08
  • Contact: He Juan,Doctoral Supervisor.Beijing University of Chinese Medicine,No.11 Beisanhuan Donglu Road,Chaoyang District,Beijing 100029.E-mail:hejuan6428@sina.com

Abstract: In the TCM etiology theory,wind serves as the first of the six pathogenic factors.Based on the original sentences related to “wind” in Huangdi Neijing (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic),later generations have endowed the “wind”,a climatic phenomenon with many attributes and characteristics.However,the concept of “wind” in Huangdi Neijing (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) is actually a mixture of multi-layer concepts,which not only could be interpreted in both broad and narrow senses,but also could be classified into being related to either qi transformation or climate.Frequently,“wind” is a general concept for external pathogenic factors,like “wind is the source and leading cause for all diseases”,and “wind is a yang pathogenic factor,thus damaging the upper part of the body first”.While in “if wind dominates,it’s manifested as shaking or tremoring of the body,or constant changing of the condition”,“wind” is a pathological concept indicating qi transformation in Yunqi Theory.In later generations,apart from the connotation of “wind” as one of the six pathogenic factors,the other layers of the concept have been mixed to enlarge the concept of pathogenic wind.It has led to the mystification of the concept,confusion of theory and disconnection from clinical practice.

Key words: Huangdi Neijing (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic), etiology, six pathogenic factors, wind pathogenic factor

CLC Number: 

  • R228