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The Way of Thinking in Chinese Medicine

Theory, Methodology and Structure of Chinese Medicine


Edited By Friedrich G. Wallner, Fengli Lan and Martin J. Jandl

Chinese Medicine is an outstanding scientific proposition system with its own structural, methodological and theoretical prerequisites flowing into the specific practices that make Chinese Medicine popular in the Western world. However, we should be aware of the fact that Chinese Medicine is challenged in its existence because it is widely unknown. Fostering the understanding of Chinese Medicine in various aspects is, hence, the main aim of this book that gives interesting insights into the discussions on current developments in Chinese Medicine research.


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Vincent ShenDao, Qi, and Body/Mind-Huanglao Daoist Methodology of Nurturing Life 7


7Vincent Shen Dao, Qi, and Body/Mind-Huanglao Daoist Methodology of Nurturing Life Introduction This paper will mainly explore the theory and practice of nurturing life (殙 䞮 yangsheng) and cultivating mind (xiuxin≽㉒) in the Chapter Neiye⏶㯼 (Inner Working) of the Guanzi丰⷟, one of the founding texts of Huanglao Daoism on which most of the philosophy of Chinese medicine is based. Although nurturing life and curing of disease are like the two wheels of the same vehicle of Chinese medicine, the priority should be given always to the nurturing of life, which means not only the maintaining of life functions but also the growing of life itself, if well done there would be much less or even no disease to be cured. Since body and mind are so closely related to each other, the nurturing of life is also closely related to the cultivation of mind. Here we are dealing with a theory of preventive medicine rather than that of curative medicine. In the following, I’ll present a concept of “methodology” different from that in the western context of “logic, methodology and philosophy of science”, which inevitably involved western philosophical concepts and theories of science and methodology that would trap Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in their methodological considerations without allowing the later to develop its own methodology. Instead, I’ll discuss “methodolo- gy” as in its deeper relation with the movement of reality and human prac- tice: this means I’ll be dealing with methodology as dynamic ontology and practical methodology in the line of thought...

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