Title : Modern clinical application of techniques in Traditional Chinese Medicine derived from the former Chinese imperial court by the late Professor Shaoqin Zhao
Professor Zhao was a leading authority in Chinese medicine techniques following three generations of Imperial Physicians in the Qing Dynasty : his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
We analysed Professor Shaoqin Zhao’s academic theories about febrile disease and internal medicine disease and examined 12 patients’ medical records of three doctors. The doctors were Professor Zhao himself plus two doctors heavily influenced by him: Professor Liukun Li who was taught by Professor Zhao and Dr Song Zhixiang who was taught by Professor Li. The aim was to explore the academic essence of Professor Zhao’s Traditional Chinese Medicine theories and clinical application.
An analysis of the academic theories of Professor Shaoqin Zhao regarding febrile disease:
take condition out of surface while the hot condition just stays at body surface;
take condition out of body while the hot condition remains inside;
take the condition out of body, even the hot condition inside interstitial fluid;
cool the hot ropy blood and make good circulation for blood to spread hot condition out of blood while the hot condition remains inside the blood.
An analysis of the Professor’s theories about hot mixed wet illness: make the wet become air exhaled through lungs and skin first.
Treating internal medical disease in three ways:
help energy-diffusing condition out from the surface and driving condition out through phlegm, stool and urine;
make good circulation for all body energy and blood;
make chest, abdominal and pelvic cavity work well with no stagnation block.
Every condition in the body is ‘Stagnation’ by Professor Zhao’s dialectical viewpoint. Open the ways of surface and inside the body, drive stagnation away and let energy and blood have good circulation is the key for treating any disease.
Patients’ medical records of the master Professor Zhao and two apprentices Liukun Li and Zhixiang Song show ‘Driving Away Stagnation’ is an effective treatment for patients.
‘Open the ways of the surface and inside the body, drive stagnation away, let energy and blood have good circulation’ is the academic essence of Professor Shaoqin Zhao. The treatment following this academic essence is most effective for patients.
Taking the febrile stagnation out of the body from the surface; making the wet stagnation become air out of the body from lungs; keeping the chest, abdominal and pelvic cavities working well all the time, are important ways to drive stagnation away. ‘Driving Stagnation Away’ is the academic essence of Professor Shaoqin Zhao for treating all conditions.