dòngxiè (洞泄)

This is diarrhea with undigested food particles after eating. Wiseman and Ye rendered dòngxiè (洞泄) as “throughflux diarrhea,” as it arises because the digesting food and drink is not ‘held’ in the digestive valley (alimentary canal) sufficiently to allow completion of transformation and transportation process. The condition discussed in Sùwèn 3.11 is not the ‘diarrhea with undigested food,’ which modern TCM classifies as a symptom of spleen qì and/or yáng deficiency.

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