Traditional Chinese Medicine Essay

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Traditional Chinese Medicine
China as a nation has contributed to development of society in numerous ways and have been inaugural in the world trade market since its gates were first opened. China has developed religion, with the doctrines of Buddhism, Confucius and Taoism; technology with the development of gunpowder and the compass; and world trade, with the products of silk and tea. Yet often forgotten is the contributions China has made to the medical field. The practice of traditional Chinese medicine was developed in China and is arguably one of China’s greatest achievements. Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history of importance in China, incorporates Chinese culture and beliefs, and is still prominent in China and other
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In the Han dynasty (the time of Confucius and Taoism) one of the most famous Chinese doctors named Zhang Zhongjing created a novel of theories and proscriptions, which became the reference for traditional Chines medicine. During the Han dynasty, Hua To, a Taoist physician, developed a deeper understanding of anatomy and anesthetics. Through the Sui Dynasty, Song Dynasty, Yuan Ming and Qing dynasties traditional Chinese medicine was further developed. During the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1977 traditional Chinese medicine was outlawed as the country turned more to Western style medicine practices. After the Cultural Revolution; however, the practice of traditional Chinese medicine was reintroduced and currently the different practices of Chinese medicine are still being traditionally practiced. The traditional practice of traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory of yin and yang. The theory of yin and yang states that the forces of nature must always remain in balance, and when one force changes, so does its opposite force. The forces of yin and yang are opposites, with yin being the darker, calmer qualities and yang being the lighter, more active qualities. Yin and yang depend on each other and cannot exist without each other; for example light cannot exist without darkness. The principle of yin

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