Objectives : To identify differences in perspective between 『Jinguiyuhanjing』 and 『Songbenshanghanlun』 in regards to Baihutang and Baihujiarenshentang through comparative analysis of relevant verses of the two texts.
Methods : Comparative analysis was undertaken based on the hypothesis that the two texts are relatively unrelated to each other in their transmission. Relevant verses were examined to identify their differences, followed by analysis of the overall context based on these variations to determine the difference in perspective between the two texts.
Results & Conclusions : While in 『Songbenshanghanlun』 the relationship between the two patterns were ambiguous and conflicting at times, in 『Jinguiyuhanjing』 the relationship was clear-cut, and similar patterns that could be mistaken were systematically explained. From the perspective of 『Songbenshanghanlun』, the key traits of 『Jinguiyuhanjing』 could be summarized into two. First, in 『Songbenshanghanlun』, it says that if there are exterior symptoms, Baihutang cannot be applied, which naturally excludes Baihujiarenshentang. However in 『Jinguiyuhanjing』, exterior symptoms constitute the Baihujiarenshentang pattern. Second, in 『Songbenshanghanlun』 contraindication of Baihutang concerning miscellaneous symptoms are reduced in the form of footnotes which meaning is unclear, while in 『Jinguiyuhanjing』 the three points of contraindication of Baihutang are listed separately under verse no. 170, with relevant verses listed organically, explaining in great detail the Baihutang pattern, its relation to similar patterns and treatment.