Objectives : This study is to propose a new hypothesis about the interpretation of 'Ming(明)' in Shanghanlun and the direction of future research about Yangmingbing(陽明病).
Methods : We analyzed the original form of the chinese characters 'Ming(明)' and tried to understand their contexts in Shanghanlun. At the same time, we analyzed 2 clinical cases diagnosed and treated as Yangmingbing according to newly hypothesized definition.
Results : From etymology, ‘Ming(明)' means becoming distinct. Patients in 2 cases suffered from cold hypersensitivity of hands and feet, overactive bladder syndrome and dizziness, all of which became distinct and problematic. For this reason, we diagnosed patients with Yangmingbing(陽明病) and administered herbal medicine then they improved.
Conclusions : The disease names in Shanghanlun have clinical message by the name itself. From etymology, at least in 15 characters provision of Shanghanlun, Yanmingbing means the disease made by becoming conscious about symptoms. Future research about Yangmingbing(陽明病) should start from here.
KeyWords : Key words : Yangmingbing(陽明病), Shanghanlun(傷寒論), Disease pattern identification diagnostic system, Oui-Ga-Sil(胃家實), Baekho-tang( 白虎湯), Injinho-tang(茵蔯蒿湯)