Chinese Journal of Medical History / Zhong Hua Yi Shi Za Zhi

[This article belongs to Volume - 52, Issue - 5]

Abstract :

The thinking of "identifying forms and verifying quality'' in materia medica research came from the theory of "treatment based on syndrome differentiation" in traditional Chinese medicine. It refers to an approach to evaluate the quality of materia medica based on their characteristics and external properties in order to clarify the nature of medicinal materials. This paper examined the historical development of "identifying forms and verifying quality'' from the pre-Qin Dynasty up to today and analysed the connotation of this thinking. It is believed that this thinking has advantages such as scientific, holistic, practical, and universal considerations. However, it still needs to be developed in terms of philosophical thinking and practical application