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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2011, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (9): 929-932.doi: 10.3736/jcim20110901

Special Issue: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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A logical framework derived from philosophy of language for analysis of the terms of traditional Chinese medicine and an example for analysis of “kidney essence”

Jian-hua Huang1, Wen-wei Li2, Qin Bian1, Zi-yin Shen1()   

  1. 1. Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200040, China
    2. Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western medicine,Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, China
  • Received:2011-05-26 Accepted:2011-06-24 Online:2011-09-20 Published:2011-09-15
  • Contact: Shen Zi-yin

The true meanings of the terms of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) need to be analyzed on a logical basis. It is not suitable to use a new term to interpret an old term of TCM, or arbitrarily specify the special term of TCM corresponding to some substances of modern medicine. In philosophy of language, language has a logical structure, which reflects the structure of the world, that is to say, language is the picture of the world in a logical sense. Using this idea, the authors collected the ancient literature on “kidney essence”, and extracted each necessary condition for “kidney essence”. All necessary conditions formed a sufficient condition to define the term “kidney essence”. It is expected that this example can show the effectiveness of philosophy of language in analysis of the terms of TCM.

Key words: kidney essence, linguistics, logic, philosophy, medicine

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