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History of Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for thousands of years. Although the first recorded history of TCM dates back over 2000 years, it is believed that the origins of TCM goes back more than 5000 years. According to the legend the origins of traditional Chinese medicine can be traced back to the three legendary emperors/mythical rulers:

Historians believe that Shen Nong and Fu Xi were early tribal leaders. Fu Xi was a cultural hero who developed the trigrams of Yi Jing or The Book of Changes.

In order to determine the nature of different herbal medicines, Shen Nong sampled various kinds of plants, ingesting them himself for to test and analyse their individual effects. According to the ancient texts, Shen Nong tasted a hundred in a single day, in order to remove people's pain from illness. As there were no written records, it is said that the discoveries of Shen Nong was passed down verbally from generation to generation.

The first written documentation on traditional Chinese medicine is the Huang-Di Nei-Jing or Yellow Emperor's Cannon of Internal Medicine. Hung-Di Nei-Jing is the oldest medical textbook in the world, different opinions date the book back to between 800 BC and 200 BC. Yellow Emperor's Cannon of Internal Medicine provides the primary foundation for the theories of Chinese medicine which extensively captures the previous experience of treatment and theories of medicine, such as the meridian theory, as well as many other issues, including:

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