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Introduction of Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is a systematic science which is particularly concerned with wholeness and carries a unique theory. Its theoretic system was largely formed in the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, and was constantly developed and improved afterwards. It is not only a precious piece of legacy in the history of Chinese culture, but has made enormous contributions to the development of world medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine views the human body as a part of the nature as a whole. In treatment, it not only takes into account the human body itself, but pays much attention to the
relations of diseases to the patient’s psychology and living habits, and to the outside environment, especially to climatic changes, and then carries out all-round analysis and treatment in reference to the causes and symptoms of the diseases of the patient. The Canon of Medicine of the Yellow Emperor, which occurred in the Warring States Period, is the earliest extant medical book of China. It systematically summarized medical experience in and before the Spring and Autumn and the Warring State periods (770-221 BC), laying a theoretical foundation for traditional Chinese medical science. The Febrile and Other Diseases, written by Zhang Zhongjing, a renowned doctor of the Eastern Han Dynasty, is one of the most
influential works in the history of traditional Chinese medicine.
“Observation, auscultation and olfaction, interrogation, and pulse feeling and palpation” are the traditional diagnosing methods of Chinese medicine. Observation means to observe the appearance of the patient, for example, his countenance and the sign of his vigor or lack of vigor; auscultation and olfaction refer to listening to the sounds and smells let out by the patient;interrogation means to enquire about the course of disease and status quo of the patient; and pulse feeling and palpation involve inspection of the patient’s pulse.
Pulse feeling and palpation has a long history, and Bian Que, a famous doctor of the Warring States Period who is reputed to be the “founder of Chinese medicine,” was especially good at it. The application of pulse feeling and palpation indicates that the physicians of ancient China had grasped the relationships between pulse and each part of the human body. Hua
Tuo, a reputed doctor of the Eastern Han Dynasty, was the first in the world to use anesthetic—mafeisan in surgery, and was thus called the “founder of surgery.
Traditional Chinese medicines mainly come from plants, animals and minerals. These medicines have not only enriched the world medical system, but are widely used in the field of regimen and cosmetology. There were many monographs about medicines and prescriptions in ancient China, for example, theEssential Formulas for Emergencies [Worth] a Thousand Pieces of Gold compiled by Sun Simiao of the Tang Dynasty collects more than 6,500 prescriptions, and has been praised as “an encyclopedia of clinical medicine,” and
theCompendium of Materia Medica written by Li Shizhen of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) includes 1,892 medicines, 1,109 illustrations and 11,096 prescriptions, quite deserving to be called a complete collection of medicines in the ancient world.
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1 北京中医药大学 Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) International School
2 广州中医药大学 Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
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3 上海中医药大学 Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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4 南京中医药大学 Nanjing Univeristy of Chinese Medicine
5 广西中医药大学 Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine
6 天津中医药大学 Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
7 江西中医药大学 Jiangxi University of Chinese Medicine (JXUCM)
8 湖南中医药大学 Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
9 湖北中医药大学 Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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