Classical Chinese Medicine and Contemporary Science: The Vascular Model of Disease Pathogenesis. A Common-Path Theory of Human Illness

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Volume 27, Number 2, 2015

The practice of physician acupuncture faces unique challenges in its development and inclusion as a recognized medical specialty. Information contained in early Chinese medical texts offers solutions to some of the divides that separate Chinese Medicine from contemporary biomedicine. Recent advances in classical text research—made possible by the establishment of Chinese language databases—provide new hypotheses of disease pathogenesis and new strategies for treating various acute and chronic illnesses.

The Vascular Model of Disease Pathogenesis summarizes some theories of early Chinese medicine into language recognizable by modern science. This theory bridges some of the current disparities between ancient and modern practices and offers a new model of human health, illness, and clinical therapeutics.

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