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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2005, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (2): 88-90.doi: 10.3736/jcim20050202

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Qi as a materialist concept on the level of medical philosophy

Zhan-qing Su   

  1. Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Brain Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210029, China
  • Received:2004-11-20 Online:2005-03-20 Published:2005-03-20
  • Contact: Zhan-qing Su

This paper has made a distinction between the materialist concept of qi on the medical philosophical level and its substantial existence, and illustrated the materiality and multiplicity of qi. Materiality refers to the objective reality, a summation of various things or phenomena related to humanbeings; while multiplicity refers to diversity of specific substances, each holding its individual essence. Based on two essential conceptions “xiang” and “xiangji”, and combining the theories of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, this paper has also made a preliminary study on the substantial existence of qi at macro- and micro-levels, and on physiological (normal) and pathological (abnormal) aspects. It is the author’s argument that studies of the substantial existence of qi from different aspects, micro-dimension in particular, will push the syndrome differentiation of traditional Chinese medicine to a more subtle sphere.

Key words: Qi, Material, Xiang, Xiangji

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