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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (12): 980-984.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.12.002

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On formation of ontological concept of life gate and reconstruction of relationship among five elements in Ming and Qing dynasties*

Gu Jianjun   

  1. School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 102488, China
  • Received:2020-06-22 Online:2020-12-30 Published:2021-01-05
  • Contact: Prof. Gu Jianjun, Ph.D.,Master's Supervisor. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.Intersection of Y angguang Nandajie Street and Baiyang Donglu Road,Liangxiang Campus of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Liangxiang Higher Education Park,Fangshan District, Bejing 102488. E-mail: jianjungu88@163.com
  • Supported by:
    National Social Science Fundation of China (No.13BZX035)

Abstract: The philosophical orientation of medical theory after the Song Dynasty was mainly embodied in the construction of the ontological system of mingmen (life gate) tai chi theory. Mingmen, which is innate, governs the true water (kidney yin) and the true fire (kidney yang), while the zang-fu organs and body constitution of human beings are postnatal. In this sense, the connotations of the five elements were expanded, forming two systems of five-element relationship and restructuring the original relationship among the five zang organs in terms of five elements. As a result, new relationships such as the true fire generates the spleen-earth, the qian-metal (original qi; qian is one of the Eight Diagrams) generates the true water, and the innate water and fire are from the same source and in harmony. Postnatal major diseases and critical conditions are differentiated and treated from the innate perspective. Treatment principles are put forward such as “mild diseases are treated from the perspectives of qi and blood and major diseases water and fire”.

Key words: life gate, ontology, five elements, water and fire

CLC Number: 

  • R226