PRINCIPLES OF TREATMENT AND APPLICATION OF ANCIENT HERBAL TONIC NUTRIMENTS
Dou Li Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
57 tonic nutriments from 19 ancient herbal and dietotherapy books were investigated and theprinciples of treatment of 59 tonic recipes were analyzed. Based on energy, blood, YIN and YANG,physical power which was revealed by the coordinate activity of the five viscera was discussedsystematically according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. Hyposthenia is caused by weakphysique and acquired factors such as emotion, diet, environment and trauma, etc. It could be treatedby the therapy based on an overall analysis of symptoms and signs, including the cause, nature andlocation of the illness and patient's physical condition, according to the basic theories of traditionalChinese medicine. The author raised an idea of developing a series of traditional Chinese medicinaltonic nutriments. In order to build up strength and dispel fatigue, the investigation of the theory andapplication of tonics needs a further study by using traditional Chinese medicine and it may benefitthe human beings.