Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 483–492

Symbolic meanings of the body in Chinese culture and “somatization”

  • May P. M. Tung

DOI: 10.1007/BF01565850

Cite this article as:
Tung, M.P.M. Cult Med Psych (1994) 18: 483. doi:10.1007/BF01565850


It is proposed in this paper that the term “somatization” as applied to the Chinese requires further exploration. By way of a study of Chinese language usage employing body-related expressions, an indirect method of finding the “equivalence in meaning” is demonstrated. Results of the study reveal the scope and depth of the symbolic meanings of the body in Chinese culture.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • May P. M. Tung
    • 1
  1. 1.San Francisco

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