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The Future of Chinese Medicine
by Zhao Xinxian

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the Long history of the Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine has a long history and development. In the course of searching for food, inevitably the people in the primitive society consumed some toxins by accident with the toxic phenomena of disgorge, diarrhea, examination and even death. These phenomenon compelled people to identify these toxic material to prevent these accidental poisoning from occurring. At the same time, in order to fight against diseases, gradually people began to make use of these toxic material and cured their illnesses with the toxicants' queasy and cathartic functions. By repeated practices and constant summarization, the primitive people gradually formed the inchoate drug therapy. On the basis of getting war by the fire, they found that the burnt stones or sand wrapped with fells and wood barks may be used to cure pain in some parts of human body. Through repeated practices and improvement, primitive people gradually created the heat ironing method and moxibustion therapy. In the course of making production tools out of the stone, the people discovered that through puncturing of a certain part of the human body, pain can be stopped in another part. They created spicule therapeutics Then based on this, acupuncture was formed and the science of channels and collateral was established.

The "Sheng Nong's Herbal Classic" written in the First to Second Century A. D. was the earliest book on medicine in our country carrying information about 365 medicines. Its appearance indicated that the development of pharmacology in our country matured to a new phase. Most of the effects indicated by the book has been proven to be correct. The establishment of "Sheng Nong' s Herbal Classic" set the foundation in pharmacology in our country and became one of the classical works in China. For thousands of years, the Chinese Medicine experts from generation to generation constantly implement and improve the Chinese Medicine theories upon the basis of their forefathers and have provided us with several dozen of precious treasures. The Compendium of Materia Medica written by Li Shizhen in Ming Dynasty diffused to Japan in the earlier 17th Century has been translated into several dozens languages, and been stowed by the people all over the world hitherto. In the western world, the Compendium of Materia Medica was named the monumental work of the oriental medicine.

"The Internal Canon of Medicine of the Yellow Emperor", the earliest existing Chinese Medicine academic monograph in China has a long history of more than two thousand years. This book contains generally summarized curative experiences and medical theories before its time, and illustrated human anatomy, physiology and pathology, the diagnoses, treatment and prevention of the diseases after combining the achievements of other natural sciences at that time. Preliminarily, it set the academic foundation for the theory of Chinese Medicine. In the history of China, the stories of the famous practitioners like Hua Tuo, Bian Que, Sun Simiao and Zhang Zhongjing, etc. are widely known. The chief sources of thinking for medicine in 21st Century was based upon their systematic and unique theoretical system.


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