Ancient Chinese medicine, originating from almost 2,000 years ago, is a set of traditions that has

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Ancient Chinese medicine, originating from almost 2,000 years ago, is a set of traditions that has influenced modern medicine because of its diverse methods, techniques, and discoveries. Since its beginning, it has yet to diverge from its original practices: “A visit to a traditional Chinese pharmacy is like a visit to a small natural history museum. The hundreds of cabinet drawers, glass cases, and jars in a typical pharmacy hold an enormous variety of desiccated plant and animal material: (Encyclopedia). To what extent has ancient Chinese medicine influenced modern medicine with their different methods of practice and discoveries? The Chinese use of medicine prolonged their life and enhanced their culture. Techniques such as…show more content…
The needles stimulate the meridians and readjust the flow of qi to balance the body’s yin and yang” (Encyclopedia). Qi was an essential part of ancient Chinese medicine because it affected the equilibrium of the yin and yang, which as stated before, could then change the overall health of a person. Qigong, another form of ancient Chinese medicine, utilizes three types of techniques, body, breath, and mind. Still widely used in the modern world, Qigong includes practices such as meditation, active movements and still stances. Exercise for medical purposes is derived from Qigong: “The meditation exercises tai chi… are examples of other integral features of traditional Chinese healing that have been incorporated into health and fitness programs to complement modern medicine” (Encyclopedia). Herbal medicine started in ancient China almost 2,000 years ago when the first book, Huangdi Neijing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine) was published. Since then, herbal medicine is still used today to treat migraines, respiratory infection, anxiety, insomnia and more. One of the more common uses of herbal remedies is the consuming of ginger root to help with nausea and vomiting, which is why you may drink Ginger Ale when you are sick. In 1974, American pharmacologist’s evaluated different prescriptions of herbal remedies that the Chinese Academy of Medical Science published and they concluded that only 44.7 % of the prescriptions were useful based on the

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