Vyacheslav Anatolievich Vandenko – Physician, PhD in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The current state of biology, medicine and sinology allows for an adequate scientific interpretation of traditional categories of Chinese medicine known as xue, jing ye and shen.
The category known as xue (blood) and its functions viewed from the perspective of Chinese medicine are similar to interpretations upheld in the Western tradition. Yang Qi of blood has primary biological functions which correspond to proteins of blood (albumins and globulins); it sustains the oncotic pressure of blood plasma. Ying Qi is the category comprising formed elements of blood. Both in traditional Chinese medicine and in Western classical medical science one distinguishes two types of physiological liquids of various structural characteristics; this premise underlies both theories.
Jing liquid is identical to extracellular fluid, while Ye – to that of intracellular liquid.
Shen in Chinese canon implies the composite life force of a human being, or higher nervous activity, i.e. psychic activity, which sustains the neuroendocrinological regulation of all body functions via reactions to inner and external factors affecting the body. The compound life force Shen comprises seven constituents: Hun, Po, Zhi, Zhi, Jing, Shen, Zhi, which are believed to be the elements of neuroendocrinological system.