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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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Curves of evolutions of the relative TLE and qi of a 100-year-old people healthy man. The congenital life entropy is Sc = 6 × 105 J/K.
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Figure 4: Curves of evolutions of the relative TLE and qi of a 100-year-old people healthy man. The congenital life entropy is Sc = 6 × 105 J/K.

Mentions: Figure 4 is a simulation on the evolution of TLE and qi of a hypothetical 100-year-old people in North China. TLE of human decreases first and then increases. The change of TLE describes the change trend of the order. At the end, TLE reaches the maximum. Figure 4 also reflects the harmonious balance self-organization between ALEF and ALEP, which makes life systems internally stable. In the course of growth and development, the qi is from vigorous to wane, which influences the physiological activities. Thereby we can confirm the reactive ability and the style of body with different constitutions and ages to categorize pathogenetic factors.Figure 4.


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

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

Curves of evolutions of the relative TLE and qi of a 100-year-old people healthy man. The congenital life entropy is Sc = 6 × 105 J/K.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 4: Curves of evolutions of the relative TLE and qi of a 100-year-old people healthy man. The congenital life entropy is Sc = 6 × 105 J/K.
Mentions: Figure 4 is a simulation on the evolution of TLE and qi of a hypothetical 100-year-old people in North China. TLE of human decreases first and then increases. The change of TLE describes the change trend of the order. At the end, TLE reaches the maximum. Figure 4 also reflects the harmonious balance self-organization between ALEF and ALEP, which makes life systems internally stable. In the course of growth and development, the qi is from vigorous to wane, which influences the physiological activities. Thereby we can confirm the reactive ability and the style of body with different constitutions and ages to categorize pathogenetic factors.Figure 4.

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.

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