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Traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is in some aspects similar to the European one, but there are radical differences. Analog of pharmaceuticals in the European sense of Chinese medicine is a herbal medicine – natural (natural) drugs of animal and plant lineages.

Surgery, in a sense, replaces therapeutic massage (although it usually has a therapeutic effect).

The most significant difference between traditional Chinese medicine from a Western analogy is the frequent use of acupuncture, in relation to the points of the “motion of life energy”. Sometimes, Chinese medicine is perceived as a separate activity – acupuncture and acupuncture. The truth is, similar treatment of European medicine did not know until the direction of reflexology.

From all these parts of traditional medicine of China, the least mistrust, on the part of the West, exposed section of phytotherapy. It is likely that this is due to the mechanism of action of herbal medicines, more understandable, as natural products were used in Europe much earlier synthetic medicines.

Traditional Chinese and other alternative medicine

Sometimes the concepts of “traditional” and “popular” when it comes to medicine confused. Most importantly their razlichie that the second has any written sources (descriptions, instructions, recipes, treatises, collections), and folk medicine lives in the oral tradition of knowledge. Written sources convey the methods and formulations to more accurately and fully. Continue reading

Medicine and pharmacology in Ancient Egypt

The idea of the structure of the human body, the Egyptians received from the practice of embalming, also testified about the achievements in the field of chemistry (I assume that the word “chemistry” comes from the ancient name of Egypt is “Kemet” or “Kemet” which means “Black land”).

Knowledge of the ancient Egyptians in the field of the body structure were quite high for its time and can only be compared with the achievements of Indians, with the reservation that the Egyptian texts date back to the II Millennium BC. and Indian medical treatises – the first centuries of our era.

In the middle of the II Millennium BC the ancient Egyptians described the major organs: brain, heart, vessels, kidneys, intestines, muscles, etc. However, they are not subjected them to special study, which is due, in all probability, to the influence of the dogmas of religion.

The Egyptians belongs to the first extant description of the brain. It is given in the Edwin Smith papyrus (CA. 1550 BC, is a treatise on surgery), in which the brain moves in the open wound is compared to “a boiling copper”. The ancient Egyptians noticed that brain damage causes painful condition of other parts of the body (for example, paralysis of the limbs), and thus, laid the natural-scientific ideas about the brain. Continue reading

Acupuncture

The history of Chinese medicine, based on documentary data, has 4,000 years history, but in fact it originated much earlier.

Traditional Chinese medicine, Wushu, acupuncture, systematic knowledge and discernment of the many symptoms of hundreds of diseases, the use for medicinal purposes of snake venom and the secretions of lizards has become a real discovery for the civilized world. Its rich heritage still not fully utilized and unexplored – but the undoubted high efficiency and accuracy. Our time has come more than 8 thousand treatises on medicine. The oldest of them, “Huang di nazzi” (medical encyclopedia Huang di), was written by several generations of nameless authors in the years 475-221 BC, in the form of dialogues mythical physician Qi Bo by ancient Chinese ancestor, the Yellow Emperor Huang di. The treatise consists of 18 volumes, over 140 thousand characters.

We are talking about the Emperor Huang di, who ruled in the basin of the yellow river in the XXVI century BC, 2592 BC so this figure is quite real. The arrival of Huang di and his assistants has resulted in the “great glow of lightning, girded JI star in the constellation of the Dipper (URSA major)

Huang di and his team taught people how to make boats, harnesses for oxen, digging wells, manufacturing musical instruments, to build defensive walls, to be treated by acupuncture, keep a calendar. Continue reading

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