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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2008, Vol. 6 ›› Issue (12): 1290-1293.doi: 10.3736/jcim20081216

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Characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine syndromes and their element distributions in sub-health status: a modern literature review

Ya-jing Zhang1,2, Tian-fang Wang1(), Xiao-lin Xue1, Jia-jia Wang1, Guan-ru Li1, Ping Han2   

  1. 1. Preclinical School, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
    2. Health Examination Centre, Beijing Xiaotangshan Hospital, Beijing 102211, China
  • Received:2008-05-05 Online:2008-12-20 Published:2008-12-15


To probe into the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine syndromes and their element distributions in sub-health status.


Literatures on sub-health in past 20 years were collected, and a data bank was set up by using EpiData 2.0. The frequencies of syndromes and their elements were analyzed using SPSS 12.0.


Out of the 50 syndromes obtained from the standardization of syndrome nomenclature, and the top three were stagnation of liver-qi, deficiency of both heart and spleen, and deficiency of liver-yin and kidney-yin. Spleen, liver and kidney were the top three of all the 14 disease locations. Qi-deficiency, qi-stagnation and damp pathogen were the top three pathogenicity types.


Although the traditional Chinese medicine syndromes in sub-health status are scattered in the distribution, the main syndromes take up a leading proportion and their elements are concise and concentrated in distribution. Therefore, it is necessary to make a standard study on traditional Chinese medicine syndromes in sub-health status from syndrome elements.

Key words: sub-health, symptom complex, documentation

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  • R-056
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