Objectives : To determine and analyze problems in existing discussions on Zong Qi and to establish a new concept of Zong Qi based on the initial idea that gave birth to this concept through examination of early texts.
Methods : Descriptions of Zong Qi in contemporary theoretical texts published in both Korea and China were thoroughly examined. Also, theories of major doctors that dealt with this concept were selectively examined, after which problems of existing discussions on Zong Qi were analyzed. Next, verses that mention contents related to Zong Qi in the Huangdineijing were studied for better understanding of the concept.
Results & Conclusions : The findings determined that existing discussions could not explain the meaning of Zong Qi properly. Based on new discussions, Zong Qi can be understood as a concept of maintaining the constancy of life dynamic in the Later Heaven(後天) that is lead by Qi from food and drinks. Clinical observation of aforementioned life phenomenon maintained by Zong Qi and additional discussion on its concept is necessary.