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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2021, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (2): 114-118.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2021.02.004

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Analysis of “spleen disliking dampness and disgusting dryness”*

Yuan Yali1,2, Li Xuan2, Liu Yong3, Niu Xin2, Ju Wenxue2, Yao Wei1,2#   

  1. 1 Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University, Liaoning 116023, China;
    2 College of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Dalian Medical University, Liaoning 116044, China;
    3 First Affiliated Hospital, Dalian Medical University, Liaoning 116011, China
  • Received:2020-07-29 Online:2021-02-28 Published:2021-02-21
  • Contact: Prof. Yao Wei, Ph. D., Chief Physician, Postgraduate Supervisor. Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University, No. 467 Zhongshan Road, Shahekou District, Dalian 116023. Email: 411484335@qq.com
  • Supported by:
    National Key Talent Training Project for Inheriting Featured Clinical Techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Talent Training in Chinese Medicine [2019] No. 36)

Abstract: “Spleen liking dryness and disliking dampness” is a common understanding among TCM doctors in all dynasties. Despite that, based on an analysis of the physiological functions and pathological characteristics of spleen in TCM, Professor Bai Changchuan, a nationally famous TCM doctor, puts forward the distinct view of “spleen disliking dampness and disgusting dryness”. In this paper, based on a detailed review of the concepts of “spleen yin”, “spleen dampness”, “spleen disliking dampness” and “spleen disliking dryness” and their dialectical relationships, the connotation of “spleen disliking dampness and disgusting dryness” is elaborated. Specifically, it is pointed out that spleen yin can be damaged due to excessive usage of dry medicinals to eliminate dampness, or bitter dry or bitter cold medicinals, or excessive consumption of spicy food, or excessive thinking, together with root-branch middle qi theory. It is suggested that the treatment of spleen disorders should be aimed at smoothing and moistening. This theory will provide reference for improving the visceral manifestation theory of spleen in TCM and guiding clinical practice.

Key words: spleen yin, spleen dampness, spleen disliking dampness, spleen disliking dryness, theoretical study

CLC Number: 

  • R223.1