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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: 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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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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Figure 3: Curve of internal life entropy of a hypothetical 100-year-old healthy people.

Mentions: Figure 3 presents the curve of internal life entropy of a hypothetical 100-year-old healthy people in North China. We can easily see that there are two points, about age 8 and age 60 at the curve, between which the value of internal life entropy of the people in North China increases very fast. It means that from age 8 the five Zang viscera and six Fu viscera begin to be stable. From age 60, life system begins to wane. All these are in agreement with the related statements in the Plain Questions (‘Su Wen’) and the Miraculous Pivot (‘Ling Shu’ in Mandarin Chinese), as described in Appendix 2.Figure 3.


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

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

Curve of internal life entropy of a hypothetical 100-year-old healthy people.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 3: Curve of internal life entropy of a hypothetical 100-year-old healthy people.
Mentions: Figure 3 presents the curve of internal life entropy of a hypothetical 100-year-old healthy people in North China. We can easily see that there are two points, about age 8 and age 60 at the curve, between which the value of internal life entropy of the people in North China increases very fast. It means that from age 8 the five Zang viscera and six Fu viscera begin to be stable. From age 60, life system begins to wane. All these are in agreement with the related statements in the Plain Questions (‘Su Wen’) and the Miraculous Pivot (‘Ling Shu’ in Mandarin Chinese), as described in Appendix 2.Figure 3.

Bottom Line: 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.

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.

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