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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2008, Vol. 6 ›› Issue (3): 249-252.doi: 10.3736/jcim20080305

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About "Xiang" in traditional Chinese medicine

Gui-xiang Chu1(), Qi-hong Li2   

  1. 1. International Education College, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
    2. College of Preclinical Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
  • Received:2007-09-12 Online:2008-03-20 Published:2008-03-15
  • Contact: GX Chu

The "Xiang" in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) contains various meanings such as phenomena, image and symbols. When we consider it as a thinking mode, "Xiang" permeates into all TCM aspects from natural phenomena, anatomical structures of human tissues to physiological functions as well as pathological manifestations of zang-fu organs. In addition, it may have profound but different connotations. The authors of this article analyzed the "Xiang" in TCM according to the "Xiang" of nature, "Xiang" of zang-organs, "Xiang" of spirit, "Xiang" of pulse (pulse conditions) and "Xiang" of tongue (tongue conditions).

Key words: Xiang, traditional Chinese medicine, Zang Xiang, Xiang of nature, Xiang of tongue, Xiang of pulse

CLC Number: 

  • R22
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