Diagnostic techniques in Chinese prescriptions (Yin - Yang evidence).

In Chinese prescriptions, a disease is not diagnosed as in western medical science but the patient's "evidence of suffering" is identified to decide the curing treatments, that is to say, to judge the "Yin, Yang, Xu and Shi" evidence of the patient by his strength and physique.
On such basis, the patient is prescribed with suitable Chinese medicines

Symptom Complex

Evidence of Suffering

Yang evidence

Positive symptom-complex

The symptoms are active and can easily be observed externally, for instance, faster pulse beats, fever, head ache, muscular pains, dry throat, continuous coughing on having influenza.

Yin evidence

Negative Symptom-complex


Being contrary to the Yang symptom-complex, the body is feeling tired and the symptoms are less severe.

Xu evidence

Insufficiency Symptom-complex

Feeling idle and weak is to refer to the weaker physique. The parts which are weaker should be diagnosed from a disease suffered.

Shi evidence

Excessiveness symtom-complex

It means solidness in referring to excessive energy in the physique, The
parts which are excessively active should be diagnosed from a disease suffered.

Moreover, among the evidence, the most important task is to judge the damaging hindrances of "air, blood and water" which affects the illness of human being. The provision of suitable dose water may  regulate these elements is the key to disease healing.

If the affecting hindrances of "air blood and water" as
defined in the Chinese prescriptions, such as the individual
elements are detained and are not smooth, the following
hindrances are caused:

Air.......... Headache, dizzying, fast heart beat, hysteria,

Blood ...... Bleeding, coarse menoxenia, melena, skin, spots, pale lips,

Water ...... Diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, swelling, tininess, heperidrosis, polyuria, cough

Then, diagnosis and prescriptions are made from observations (examining with eyes), detection (listening the noise or coughing and the manner of respiration), inquiries (inquiring the patient about the symptoms), touching (feeling the pulse and abdomen with fingers) and so on.

The basic concept of Chinese prescriptions is on the saying
that "if there is a good match of the diagnostic evidence
identified by Chinese physicians and their prescriptions, the
illness can be cured."

Moreover, there is a common impression that Chinese prescriptions are unable to cure acute diseases. This is in fact
yet another misunderstanding. In ancient Chinese medical
technology, The monograph "Treatise on Febrile Disease"
had detailed explanations on the treatment for acute
feverous contagious diseases, such as influenza and febrile

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