Clinical Application of Sasang Constitutional Medicine and the Spread of Its Use : Focusing on Dongui sasang sinpyeon (東醫四象新編)

사상의학의 임상 응용과 저변 확대 - 원지상의 『동의사상신편』을 중심으로 -

  • Ahn, Sang-Woo (Global DongUiBoGam Center, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Hyun-Koo (Medical History and Literature Research Group, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine)
  • 안상우 (한국한의학연구원 동의보감기념사업단) ;
  • 김현구 (한국한의학연구원 문헌연구그룹)
  • Received : 2012.09.21
  • Accepted : 2012.11.28
  • Published : 2012.11.30


Introduction : Sasang Constitutional Medicine (SCM) is one of the most popular specialty in Korean traditional medicine. After Donguisusebowon (東醫壽世保元), the book initiated SCM at first, there have been several books related with SCM. Through this study on Donguisasangsinpyeon (東醫四象新編), we intend to present clinical application of SCM and the spread of its use. Methods and Discussion : Firstly, we will examine the author's life and philosophy, and consider various editions of Donguisasangsinpyeon. And we will attempt content analysis to the preface, foreword, afterword, and main text. Using these methods, we will show that Donguisasangsinpyeon not only succeed the theory of Donguisusebowon faithfully, but also expand the clinical use of SCM. Conclusions : Donguisasangsinpyeon is the first SCM-based clinical book after Donguisusebowon. And the book can also be valued for its adoption of explanatory diagrams that help people select customized prescriptions conveniently and easily.