TCM DICTIONARY

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The Eight Principles is the most important theoretical tool Chinese practitioners use for their diagnosis. It is used to identify the nature of the pattern... Read more about the Eight Principles

Cold pattern (Han) - Eight Principles

Cold pattern (Han) - Eight Principles

A 'Cold' pattern can refer to an attack of External climatic Heat or Cold but also to the body's innate metabolism. Low metabolism accompanied by symptoms...

Deficient (Xu) - Eight Principles

Deficient (Xu) - Eight Principles

Deficiency patterns refer to conditions where the balance between Yin and Yang is weak or when the body's capability to fight pathogenic factors is...

Excess (Shi) - Eight Principles

Excess (Shi) - Eight Principles

An Excess pattern is defined by the presence of a pathogenic factor and by the fact that the body’s Qi is relatively intact. In an excess pattern the body...

Exterior (Biao) - Eight Principles

Exterior (Biao) - Eight Principles

External conditions tend to be acute and located on the surface of the body. These include colds, flu, fevers, skin diseases and rheumatic conditions. A...

Heat pattern (Re) - Eight Principles

Heat pattern (Re) - Eight Principles

Heat can be a sign of an Excess of Yang or a sign of Yin Deficiency. Yang Excess symptoms include a preference for cool weather together with cool foods and...

Interior (Li) - Eight Principles

Interior (Li) - Eight Principles

A disharmony is defined as "Interior" when the internal Organs are affected. This may have arisen from an exterior pathogenic factor, but once the disease is...

Yang - Eight Principles

Yang - Eight Principles

The categories of Yin and Yang within the Eight Principles are mostly a summarization of the other six since Interior, Deficiency and Cold are Yin and...

Yin - Eight Principles

Yin - Eight Principles

The categories of Yin and Yang within the Eight Principles are mostly a summarization of the other six since Interior, Deficiency and Cold are Yin and...