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The Way of Thinking in Chinese Medicine

Theory, Methodology and Structure of Chinese Medicine

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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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Gertrude Kubiena Applied Methodologies for Teaching, Learning, Spreading and Survivalof TCM 45

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45 Gertrude Kubiena Applied Methodologies for Teaching, Learning, Spread- ing and Survival of TCM Insights from the Beijing Workshop 2007 on Terminology TCM teachers outside China usually simply teach TCM without reflecting methodology. In course of time they learn to give associations with familiar phenomena to overcome the cultural differences. Thus they apply the me- thod of strangification – without being aware of this technical term. Moreo- ver, they have to struggle with the methodologies of the underlying issues, e.g. TCM itself, correlation with Modern Western Medicine, terminology, the Chinese language and how to deal with it, translation versus interpre- tation, practical application, investigation (e.g. study designs) etc. The Bei- jing workshop 2007 with Chinese top-class experts revealed that especial- ly terminology is not only a concern for facilitation of understanding TCM outside China. Moreover the unification of TCM terminology is taken very seriously in China as a national concern because it is considered a pre- condition for the survival of TCM by modernization and internationalization. Methodology of TCM-Terminology The problem of TCM terminology originally arises from the foreigners who want to understand Chinese Medicine. TCM terminology is a great prob- lem for TCM students outside China: Different textbooks and teachers use different terms for one and the same matter. Therefore my original target of the Beijing workshop 2007 was the clarification of some key expres- sions of TCM, to facilitate TCM teaching and learning. But I learnt that standardization of TCM terminology is not only a must for foreign students;...

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