Canonical Formula Equivalencies and Dr. Tian Heming’s Practice of the Perfect Conclusion, Worksheet

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This worksheet functions as a study guide. Please keep the questions of this worksheet in mind as you progress through the material. These answers are not graded. How do you understand Zhang Zhongjing’s Concept of the Treatment of Similar Diseases with Dissimilar Formulas? Explain your insights in how another prescription can be clinically equivalent and can therefore be prescribed when a certain prescription is not producing the desired result in clinic. What is the origin of the concept of formula equivalency? Can there be equivalencies beyond the given list or is it an organic system that expands along one’s personal growth and insight? Why does a patient’s formula need to change? How do you use equivalent formulas as follow-up as symptoms start to subside? How do you choose formulas to stabilize the clinical result? How do you choose formulas to restore the patient’s vitality? How do you choose formulas to prevent relapse? How does this method tie in with the concept of equivalent formulas? How is this method related to the changes in a patient’s pulses?

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