Master of Chinese Medicine: Lu Zhizheng

Lu Zhizheng is the instructor of the succession of academic experience of the national old Chinese medicine experts, the “Capital National Medical Master”, and the representative inheritor of the national intangible cultural heritage traditional medicine project.

Lu Zhizheng
Lu Zhizheng

He has been practicing Chinese medicine since February 1939. He is the instructor of the inheritance work of the national old Chinese medicine experts, the “Capital National Medical Master”, and the representative inheritor of the national intangible cultural heritage traditional medicine program.

Medical skills

He has taken advantage of the comprehensive treatment of Chinese medicine, combining internal and external medicine, acupuncture and medicine, food and medicine, and treating the body and mind together.

The medicine is not more but more precise, the quantity is not large but in the disease, and it is important to be light and lively, and to hit the disease mechanism.

Don’t be bound by the name of Western medicine disease to their own Chinese medical thinking and method of diagnosis and treatment.

“The treatment of difficult diseases is the advantage of Chinese medicine, on the basis of evidence-based treatment, give full play to the advantages of integrated Chinese medicine, internal and external use, acupuncture and medicine, food and medicine with the same treatment of body and mind. The medicine is not in the more but in the fine, the amount is not in the large but in the disease, precious is light and lively, just in the disease machine.” Based on this understanding, coupled with bold practice, Lu Zhizheng has repeatedly treated difficult and miscellaneous diseases.

A food factory worker in Beijing, Zhu, whose family has been seeking medical treatment from Lu Zhizheng for four generations, has been successful. His father suffered from hydrocele in the knee, his mother was hypertensive, and he suffered from heart disease. After being seen by Lu, the condition of the three people improved greatly. Zhu’s son-in-law suffered from male disease and had no children for several years of marriage. After examination is low sperm viability, saw a number of doctors have not improved. After taking the medicine prescribed by Lu Lao, the symptoms changed, and after taking several doses, the sperm viability gradually became normal. Soon, his wife became pregnant and gave birth to a girl. In the future, the child has a headache and fever, looking for Lu Lao will be fine.

All those who came to Lu Zhi Zheng for medical treatment, he always treats them equally and responds to all requests. For those who are living in straitened circumstances, he tries to use less expensive drugs to reduce the burden on his family.

The 27-year-old Qinghai girl Wang, at the age of 19, got rheumatoid arthritis, swollen and painful limbs, unable to walk. 7 years, seeking medical treatment throughout the country’s major hospitals, almost lost all their money. After a month, the patient’s rheumatoid factor dropped from 74 to 18, and her condition improved significantly. According to the girl’s mother, the original 1 month to spend about 4,000 yuan of medical expenses, now the highest only 600 yuan. The reporter saw the prescription in the girl’s hand, 7 doses of medicine for a total of 53.1 yuan. Today, the girl not only walks without problems, but also studies computer in a school.

Lu Zhizheng believes that Chinese and Western medicine are two different theoretical systems, each with its own strengths and shortcomings. It is necessary to refer to modern medical examination data in the clinic, but when treating, it is still necessary to discriminate according to the theory of Chinese medicine, and not to be bound by the name of the disease in Western medicine.

Lu has also traveled far and wide to treat overseas patients or participate in foreign academic exchange activities, covering more than 10 countries and regions in Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia. Everywhere he goes, he does his best to promote Chinese medicine.


He developed the theory of regulating the spleen and stomach to treat heart paralysis, and opened up new treatment ideas for coronary heart disease.

He proposed the names of “dry paralysis” and “postpartum paralysis”, and the treatment of these diseases, and promoted the construction of the discipline of rheumatism.

He created the first acupuncture point coding method, which laid the foundation for acupuncture and moxibustion to go global.

“He got up at dawn to read the classic texts, and read at night to find new knowledge.” The reason why Lu Zhizheng became a famous doctor of his generation is closely related to decades of study, intensive reading of medical texts, and the combination of study and application.

In the early 1920s, Lu was born in Gaocheng County, Hebei Province, where his uncle, Lu Yixiu, was a famous local doctor and his father also knew a lot about medicine. In 1934, he enrolled in the medical school founded by his uncle and studied under Mr. Meng Zhengyi, a famous doctor in Yancheng, Shanxi Province, studying the classics, reading books, following the teacher’s clinical evidence and accumulating experience. in 1942, he took the examination for traditional Chinese medicine in Hebei Province and became qualified to be an independent practitioner and then hung out in his hometown.

“The world’s strange and magnificent view often lies in the danger and distance.” Lu Zhizheng knew the connotation of this. He is not satisfied with one move and one technique in the clinic, but reads hard in the morning and evening, practices diligently, and also looks for notes to further deepen his understanding of the classics. In particular, he carefully studied the eyebrow criticism, brief criticism and small notes in the commentaries and engraved them in his heart.

Daytime clinical evidence, night study, has become a lifelong habit of Lu Zhizheng, he also “full of loss, apologize for benefit” as a motto hanging in the study, expressing his determination to “live to old age, learn from old age. Now that he is over eight years old, his interest in reading has not diminished, and if he does not read in the morning or the newspaper in the evening, he will be disappointed. He is familiar with the important chapters of the classical works of Chinese medicine, although decades have passed, he can still recite them by heart, and when he encounters difficult and miscellaneous diseases during the day, he often reads a lot of medical cases in the dead of night, learns from the previous treatment experience, and conducts in-depth research and exploration. After a long period of time, he realized his own knowledge and then tested it in practice, and his medical skills accumulated and became more and more effective.

In his studies, he was adept at developing ancient meanings, understanding common sense and change, incorporating new knowledge, and constantly innovating, such as developing the theory of regulating the spleen and stomach to treat heart paralysis, which opened up new treatment ideas for coronary heart disease (chest paralysis and heart pain). Under his leadership, the project “Inheritance and collation of Lu Zhizheng’s experience in treating chest paralysis by regulating the spleen and stomach” was awarded the second prize of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine for basic research in Chinese medicine; the book “Cardiology of Traditional Chinese Medicine”, which he participated in editing, was also published.

During his early work in the Technical Guidance Section of the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the Ministry of Health, he actively organized academic lectures on Chinese and Western medicine, promoted acupuncture and moxibustion therapy, and explored folk medical skills, such as the “Chiropractic Feng” in Beijing and the “Yi Jin Jing Pat Therapy” in Siping. In 1953, Lu joined the Ministry of Health’s volunteer medical tour against the U.S. and Korea, and in the practice of using Chinese medicine and acupuncture to treat the wounds of volunteer soldiers, he discovered the “spermatorrhea point” with special healing effects, which was later included in the “Atlas of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Classic and Extraordinary Points”.

In 1964, he participated in the preparation of “Outline of Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion” organized by the Ministry of Health, and created the first acupuncture point coding method, which laid the foundation for acupuncture and moxibustion to go global and was translated into Japanese, Russian and English. He has trained many acupuncturists in more than 100 countries and regions around the world.

In 1981, he participated in the establishment of the Internal Medicine Research Department of Guang’anmen Hospital, and established a model of case writing, room consultation, consultation and discussion of difficult diseases with Chinese medicine characteristics, and did a lot of work in the academic organization of Chinese medicine, research on difficult diseases and construction of Chinese medicine wards. Together with other veteran experts, he established the Chinese Medicine Rheumatology Society and the Internal Medicine Cardiology Committee, of which he was the chairman and vice chairman respectively. He proposed the names of “paralysis of dryness” and “postpartum paralysis” as well as the identification and treatment of these diseases, which have contributed to the construction of the discipline of rheumatism.


We should not be complacent, impetuous, or superficial. We should learn from the experience of our predecessors and verify it later in order to gain something. We must master Chinese medicine to be able to use it flexibly.

Lu is one of the first postgraduate instructors and teachers of TCM in China. Over the past decades, he has brought up a number of postgraduates, international students, advanced students and academic successors, most of whom have become academic backbones and senior TCM and combined Chinese and Western medicine talents. He is known for his rigorous teaching, teaching students according to their needs and rewarding them.

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