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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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Ma Xiaotong TCM Essential Conception and Methods of the Theory 95

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95 Ma Xiaotong TCM Essential Conception and Methods of the Theory The theoretical system of TCM has been constructed with the View of the Whole Generation as the nature view, Information Ontology and View of Comprehensive Experience as the methodology. The View of the Whole Generation had taken shape in the discussion of Relationship between Doctrine and Substance continually, regarding existence of the world as a process from one to much, and do so to derive the view of life and disease of TCM. The Information Ontology and the View of Comprehensive Expe- rience were coming from exploring of the Relationship between Form and Spirit as well as the Relationship between Human Being and Heaven. The former divided substance into two aspects, information and structure, and prefered to recognize the active law of target by information. The latter combined subject and object and then integrated them in practice. The three theories above have interpreted the source, course and microcosmic mechanism of integrated conception (nature view) and determination of treatment based on differentiation of syndromes (epistemology) what were understood as the characteristics of TCM, and replenished the ontology as a new category. Ordinarily, modern scholars summarize the characteristic of TCM as the integrated conception and the determination of treatment based on differentiation of syndromes. The former could be grasped as a view, and the latter is the description of method. Such a statement has been preva- lent several tens of years, and almost has become the common under- standing in the...

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