Author: Zhang WB.
Affiliation: Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China.
Conference/Journal: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu.
Date published: 2013 Aug
Other: Volume ID: 33 , Issue ID: 8 , Pages: 708-16 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 149
Concepts of qi, blood, meridians and collaterals in Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Classic) were analyzed systematically based on their relationships described in the classic. With the assistant of the annotation of the later generations and the modern scientific knowledge, the unknown concepts were gradually replaced by the known concepts. It is found that meridians and collaterals are the grading concepts for vessels, boundaries between muscles, tendons, etc. Ying (nutrient) and Wei (defensive) are the concepts of site and level description of qi and blood. And qi has different names at different positions and conditions which is held as various states of body fluid. In this article, the concepts of meridians, qi and blood were demonstrated in the forms of tables and figures. It developed gradually into a conceptual system with clear levers which benefits people to understand Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Classic).