Introduction To interpret observations and to coordinate knowledge, the Chinese employed numerological methods of classification.* Since very early times, certain numerals have been used to distinguish among concepts. The most commonly used numbers were two (yin-yang, originally the shadowy and sunny side of a hill); five (for the Five Elements or Phases: fire, earth, metal, water, wood); ten (for the Ten Heavenly Stems) and twelve (for the Twelve Earthly Branches). A combination of the last two constituted the basis of classification in the Zi Wu theory.
These modes of classifying and coordinating data also served to unite in resonance otherwise distinct systems, such as a macroscopic and a microscopic variable.
All things in nature, including man and morality, were held to follow identical resonant behavior, provided they were in phase. Events out of phase were judged pathological and in need of therapeutic intervention.
Summary The Zi Wu Flow Theory is a basic theory in Chinese traditional medicine, stating that many physiological and pathological processes and medical diagnosis and treatments depend on the periodical time change of the seasons and of the day. The variables in focus are periodical functions of time. Zi Wu Flow Theory was profoundly influenced by ancient Chinese natural philosophy. This paper deals mainly with the close relationships between time change and all these philosophical bases.
Zi Wu Flow Theory (zi wu liu zhu
The Zi Wu Flow Theory is part of Chinese classical natural philosophy and is flashed with dialectical light. Thus, it is not only of great medical value, but has also a far-reaching philosophical implication. In this paper, I will deal with the close relations between time change and the Flow Theory from a philosophical view point and pay special attention to the relations between time change and the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and technological bases of this theory.____________________