Fundamentals of Chinese Med. I Wks. 1 - 3

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Reviews the fundamentals, how theories are applied, 5 divisions of the fundamentals, philosophy, theory of essence & qi, application of essence & qi, yin-yang theory & the 5 phase theory in Chinese Medicine.

5 Element theory originate?

This theory of Chinese Medicine has its roots in England.

Physician Literati

The name for scholars / physicians in China with money and power who wrote medical texts

repletion

too full; too much accumulated in one spot; overflowing

vacuity

not enough; vacuous; deficient

Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperors Inner Canon)

Written 221 b.c. at the end of the Waring States period and holds the core basic ideas of Chinese Medicine. This was also written while Qin Shi Huang Di became emperor.

Qin Shi Huang Di

Emperor who defeated the other war lords during the Waring States Period and unified China under his strict rule. He also standardized currency, weights and measures and roads. He is also the ruler who had the terra cotta army made to guard his tomb.

The Yellow Emperor

A mythohistorical figure who was the main character in the Huang Di Nei Jing

Theories of Chinese Medicine involved with the prevention & treatment of disease evolved as a combination of science & culture in China with the convergence of several factors:

Empirical clinical experience; naturalistic observation; socio-political factors; biology; psychology

Theories of Chinese medicine involved with the prevention & treatment of disease:

Embody the Chinese medical conceptions of - physiological activity; pathological changes; integrated unity within; connections among viscera-bowels & bodily regions; integration between humans & the natural world

Qi and Blood

Both of these are inseparable

Qi

Engenders blood; provides functionality in our bodies with the help of the blood that nourishes

Blood

Is the Mother of Qi; is produced by the spleen; is stored by the liver; is moved (governed) by the heart

Viscera Organs (Zang)

this category of organs include the heart; lung; spleen; liver; kidney and are known to STORE essence and solids

Bowels (Fu)

this category of organs include the gall bladder, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, triple burner, & bladder and moves things through (does not store essence or solids)

Extraordinary Bowels

this category of organs are not of the zang-fu. They include the brain, uterus, blood vessels, bone marrow and also the gall bladder (which is one of the bowels (Fu) organs

Bile

a clear substance

Kidney

Stores essence; governs storage

Liver

Governs free coursing; governs the sinews; stores blood

Signs and Symptoms of Blood Vacuity

Palpitations, dry eyes, skin, hair; small, thin & pale tongue; experienced a lot postpartum pregnant women.

Signs & Symptoms of Hot Phlegm

cough, scanty, thick, yellow sputum; maybe thirsty, burning sensation in chest, red tongue, slippery and rapid pulse.

Treatment for Heat in Lungs (Hot Phlegm)

clear heat and transform phlegm; engender fluids

Spleen

Source of phlegm formation

Lung

Collecting place of phlegm

Essence

all phenomena in the universe are formed from this substance, according to TCM. It is also subject to the continuous movement and transformation of qi.

Qin Shi Huang Di

Emporer who started the Ch'in Dynasty

Qi

All physiological activity is the result of this, as is all thought, emotion and essence-spirit (psychological aspects) are the outcome of this.

Jing

Chines word for "essence."

Essence

Indicates water, reproductive ____of males and females, the source of qi within the univers, and one aspect of qi.

Essence

This is required for male and female conception

The Six Evils or Six Qi

Wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness, summer-heat

The 3 Treasures - San Bao

Essence, Qi, Spirit

Spirit

Unseen force behind the transformation of all things; most refined manifestation of essence

Function of Essence as part of the 3 Treasures

This is the foundation of the 3 Treasures

Spirit

Engenders Qi

Essence

The viscera and bowels were formed from this

The Classified Canon

1st classical reference to yin-yang theory

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