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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (12): 985-990.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.12.003

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Inspiration by heart wind in Huangdi Neijing for the treatment of mental disorders*

Jin Jue, Chen Xiao#   

  1. School of Basic Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
  • Received:2020-06-22 Online:2020-12-30 Published:2021-01-05
  • Contact: Prof. Chen Xiao,Ph.D,Doctor's Supervisior.Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. No.1200 Cailun Road, Pudong District,Shanghai 201203. E-mail:chenxiao2121@126.com
  • Supported by:
    Three-year Action Plan for Further Accelerating the Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai [No. ZY(2018-2020)-CCCX-2001-01], Traditional Chinese Medicine Inheritance and Scientific and Technological Innovation Project of Shanghai Municipal Health Commission (No. ZYCC2019001)

Abstract: In modern concept, heart wind is often equivalent to depressive psychosis. The term, originating from Huangdi Neijing (Huangdi’s Internal Classic), referred to a wind disease of zang-fu organs. The disease was believed to be caused by deficiency in zang organs and exposure to pathogenic wind. Its main symptoms included mental and emotional changes such as anger, retardation in speech, etc. In later development, the connotation of heart wind changed and it fell more into the category of mental illness. Based on the characteristics of heart wind as a mental disorder and the development of its understanding in the later generations, Yuanzhi Tang (Thin-leaf Milkwort Root Decoction) is recommended to be the basic formula for its treatment. Through the above research, the following conclusions are reached. Firstly, heart-wind disease is not a wind disease caused by contraction of external pathogenic wind in its general sense, but a zang-fu disease caused by a combination of internal and external pathogenic factors. Secondly, it falls into the category of mental health disorders because of its internal basis. Thirdly, the pattern differentiation and treatment of heart wind may inspire modern treatment of mental and emotional disorders from the perspective of wind.

Key words: Huangdi Neijing, heart wind, mental disorder

CLC Number: 

  • R223.1+