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Entropy-based model for interpreting life systems in traditional chinese medicine.

Kang GL, Li S, Zhang JF - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2008)

Bottom Line: Using the entropy theory, mathematical models are established for ALE, ALEF and ALEP, which reflect the evolution of life systems.Some criteria are given on physiological activities and pathological changes of the body in different stages of life.Thus, this work establishes a novel approach to interpret the fundamental principles in TCM, and provides an alternative understanding for the complex life systems.

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Affiliation: Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 and Bioinformatics Division, TNLIST and Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China.

ABSTRACT
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treats qi as the core of the human life systems. Starting with a hypothetical correlation between TCM qi and the entropy theory, we address in this article a holistic model for evaluating and unveiling the rule of TCM life systems. Several new concepts such as acquired life entropy (ALE), acquired life entropy flow (ALEF) and acquired life entropy production (ALEP) are propounded to interpret TCM life systems. Using the entropy theory, mathematical models are established for ALE, ALEF and ALEP, which reflect the evolution of life systems. Some criteria are given on physiological activities and pathological changes of the body in different stages of life. Moreover, a real data-based simulation shows life entropies of the human body with different ages, Cold and Hot constitutions and in different seasons in North China are coincided with the manifestations of qi as well as the life evolution in TCM descriptions. Especially, based on the comparative and quantitative analysis, the entropy-based model can nicely describe the evolution of life entropies in Cold and Hot individuals thereby fitting the Yin-Yang theory in TCM. Thus, this work establishes a novel approach to interpret the fundamental principles in TCM, and provides an alternative understanding for the complex life systems.

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The curve of ALEF of healthy children from age 2 to 12 per unit time with time (A) and the comparison with ALEF between Hot and Cold constitutions per unit time in 6 years (B).
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Figure 2: The curve of ALEF of healthy children from age 2 to 12 per unit time with time (A) and the comparison with ALEF between Hot and Cold constitutions per unit time in 6 years (B).

Mentions: As shown in Fig. 2A, the negative life entropy absorbed by children increases asymptotically with age. This is helpful to the accumulation of high quality ALE, which is the base of the highest hierarchical order.Figure 2.


Entropy-based model for interpreting life systems in traditional chinese medicine.

Kang GL, Li S, Zhang JF - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2008)

The curve of ALEF of healthy children from age 2 to 12 per unit time with time (A) and the comparison with ALEF between Hot and Cold constitutions per unit time in 6 years (B).
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Figure 2: The curve of ALEF of healthy children from age 2 to 12 per unit time with time (A) and the comparison with ALEF between Hot and Cold constitutions per unit time in 6 years (B).
Mentions: As shown in Fig. 2A, the negative life entropy absorbed by children increases asymptotically with age. This is helpful to the accumulation of high quality ALE, which is the base of the highest hierarchical order.Figure 2.

Bottom Line: Using the entropy theory, mathematical models are established for ALE, ALEF and ALEP, which reflect the evolution of life systems.Some criteria are given on physiological activities and pathological changes of the body in different stages of life.Thus, this work establishes a novel approach to interpret the fundamental principles in TCM, and provides an alternative understanding for the complex life systems.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 and Bioinformatics Division, TNLIST and Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China.

ABSTRACT
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treats qi as the core of the human life systems. Starting with a hypothetical correlation between TCM qi and the entropy theory, we address in this article a holistic model for evaluating and unveiling the rule of TCM life systems. Several new concepts such as acquired life entropy (ALE), acquired life entropy flow (ALEF) and acquired life entropy production (ALEP) are propounded to interpret TCM life systems. Using the entropy theory, mathematical models are established for ALE, ALEF and ALEP, which reflect the evolution of life systems. Some criteria are given on physiological activities and pathological changes of the body in different stages of life. Moreover, a real data-based simulation shows life entropies of the human body with different ages, Cold and Hot constitutions and in different seasons in North China are coincided with the manifestations of qi as well as the life evolution in TCM descriptions. Especially, based on the comparative and quantitative analysis, the entropy-based model can nicely describe the evolution of life entropies in Cold and Hot individuals thereby fitting the Yin-Yang theory in TCM. Thus, this work establishes a novel approach to interpret the fundamental principles in TCM, and provides an alternative understanding for the complex life systems.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus