Case Number 58

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 54)


Here, Xu presents a case in which the patient presents symptoms having to do with fright at the physical level, restlessness, and shaking, which in Chinese medicine are sometimes wrongly associated with disorders of the heart system. A physician who had diagnosed the patient as suffering from a heart system disorder treated him unsuccessfully. Xu’s diagnosis claims that the disorder’s origin was excessive sweating. He then quotes a sentence from the Treatise and provides three formulas. Xu rarely applies three prescriptions simultaneously. These three are aimed at regulating the body fluids and controlling spontaneous sweating. Xu elaborates on the Treatise’s discussion of Cassia Twig and Licorice Decoction by first prescribing Astragalus Decoction to Construct the Middle Yang, followed by True Warrior Decoction to strengthen the kidney system’s yang, and lastly administering the Cassia Twig and Licorice Decoction to warm the patient and promote free flow of qi in the body to support the heart system’s yang qi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
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  1. 1.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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