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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 787529, 8 pages
Research Article

A Disturbance Rejection Framework for the Study of Traditional Chinese Medicine

1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
2School of Pre-Clinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China

Received 28 March 2014; Accepted 9 May 2014; Published 4 June 2014

Academic Editor: Si-Yuan Pan

Copyright © 2014 Han Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is explained in the language of engineering cybernetics (EC), an engineering science with the tradition of rigor and long history of practice. The inherent connection is articulated between EC, as a science of interrelations, and the Chinese conception of Wuxing. The combined cybernetic model of Wuxing seems to have significant explaining power for the TCM and could potentially facilitate better communications of the insights of the TCM to the West. In disturbance rejection, an engineering concept, a great metaphor, is found to show how the TCM is practiced, using the liver cancer pathogenesis and treatment as a case study. The results from a series of experimental studies seem to lend support to the cybernetic model of Wuxing and the principles of disturbance rejection.