In this article, a model is presented of a network whose structure was inspired by the 'five elements law' of Chinese medicine. Computer simulations illustrate the dynamic behavior of this system, that can be set in different attractors of Boolean type and can be differentially modified by delays and perturbations. We suggest that this model may contribute to the understanding of the 'logic' of the regulation of biological systems by means of small and carefully selected perturbations, a major line of thought of complementary therapies.

A computer model of the "five elements" theory of traditional Chinese medicine.

BELLAVITE, Paolo;ANDRIOLI, Giuseppe;
1998

Abstract

In this article, a model is presented of a network whose structure was inspired by the 'five elements law' of Chinese medicine. Computer simulations illustrate the dynamic behavior of this system, that can be set in different attractors of Boolean type and can be differentially modified by delays and perturbations. We suggest that this model may contribute to the understanding of the 'logic' of the regulation of biological systems by means of small and carefully selected perturbations, a major line of thought of complementary therapies.
Complexity science; Acupuncture; Chinese medicine; System biology
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