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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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Fritz G. Wallner & Lan Fengli Ontological Ambiguity and Methodological Circularity:QU-XIANG BI-LEI 103

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103 Fritz G. Wallner & Lan Fengli Ontological Ambiguity and Methodological Circularity: QU-XIANG BI-LEI Qu-xiang Bi-lei is the central method of TCM. Therefore we could say if you read a book on TCM and it doesn’t refer to this methodology, and then throw it away because the author does not understand TCM in a deep way. The paper is composed of 4 chapters: 1) the methodological preface on the differences between Western Science and Chinese science and the framework of Western Science; 2) interpretation of the wonderful concept of xiang and its methodological importance; 3) discussion of the phrase and process of Qu-xiang Bi-lei and comparison with European ideas; and 4) a conclusion. The paper is actually an encouragement for the further research. It will be partly very difficult because you must stay on the both sides of the bridge: Chinese Science and European Science. 1. Methodlogical Preface: Differences between Western Science and Chinese Science and the Framework of Western Science The methodological preface will give you some hints, some advices on which mistakes you should avoid. These mistakes are very common in the books on TCM. The most common mistake is to argue by similarities. From this point it is the wrong way. Probably the most famous example for this methodological mistake is the common and wrong translation of wu xing as five elements. You read it in many books and it is wrong and mis- leading. It encourages people to compare it with the Greek theory of the four...

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