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Top 10 classics on traditional Chinese medicine

2013-08-21 09:51:41



With a history of thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of China's precious treasures. The concept and treatment of TCM has also gained international attention and been gradually accepted by people in other parts of the world. Some classic literatures of TCM have been translated into multiple languages.

The following is the top 10 classics on traditional Chinese medicine:

#10 The AB Canon of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (《针灸甲乙经》)

AB Canon of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Pinyin: Zhenjiu Jiayi Jing) was the first treatise on acupuncture and moxibustion in Chinese history, as well as the first works combining the theories of acupuncture and moxibustion with the doctrine of acupoints.

Compiled by Huang Fumi in the year of 259, it was composed of 10 volumes and was later divided into 12 volumes during the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-571).

The book stressed that a good acupuncture doctor should know how to use acupuncture to cure and prevent diseases, promoted the works of ancient doctors and the development of acupuncture. Meanwhile, the types of the needles used in acupuncture, along with the taboos, channels, location of points, and operation of acupuncture is also discussed in the book. A total of 649 acupuncture points are included in the book, 189 more than in the The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon (Pinyin: Huangdi Neijing).

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