“Character-image” memorizing method of medicinals based on Chinese character glyph*
2021, 40 (2):
This paper puts forward Image-picture” memorizing method of medicinals based on Chinese character glyph with the help of Chinese character patterns, analogy in TCM, memory assisted by images, positional memorizing, and story associating to memorizing. This method takes a single Chinese character in the name of a medicinal as a “memory site”. The first step is to sort out the medicinal’s taste, property, meridian and actions, then draw the analogies between the characteristics of the medicinal and the character glyph, identifying corresponding representations in the character and then locating these characteristics in the “memory site” by using keywords and images. A complete “character-image” picture will be formed once all the elements of a medicinal are filled into the Chinese character. By associating the name of the medicinal and the character-image memory site formed by its containing images, students can quickly recall the taste, property and meridian and actions of the medicinal. This method adopts the thinking principle of traditional Chinese medicine images and positioning memory skills, which can not only reduce the difficulty of memorizing the knowledge points, but also exercise the thinking ability of traditional Chinese medicine images.
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