The Tale of Chi­nese Medicine

Through The Tale of Chi­nese Medicine, read­ers can get to know the pro­found cul­ture of tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine.

China Pictorial (English) - - CONTENTS - Edi­tor- in- Chief Song Yan, Zhonghua Book Com­pany, Jan­uary 2018

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pro­found philo­soph­i­cal wis­dom and thou­sands of years of health­care prac­tice in China. It is a gem of an­cient Chi­nese sci­ence as well as a pass­port to the wider glimpse of Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion at large. It has played a key role in the growth and pros­per­ity of the Chi­nese na­tion.“herbary” is the gen­eral name of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine in an­cient Chi­nese books. The ear­li­est Chi­nese med­i­cal mono­graph was

Shen Nong’s Herbal Clas­sic dat­ing back to the Han Dy­nasty (202 B.C.-A.D. 220). In the Tang Dy­nasty (618-907), Tang’s Newly Re­vised Ma­te­ria Med­ica is­sued by the gov­ern­ment be­came the world’s ear­li­est phar­ma­copoeia. Fa­mous Chi­nese med­i­cal ex­pert Li Shizhen (1518-1593) of the Ming Dy­nasty (1368-1644) wrote the 52-vol­ume mas­ter­piece ti­tled Com­pendium of Ma­te­ria Med­ica, com­pil­ing a com­pre­hen­sive

ref­er­ence for Chi­nese medicine be­fore the 16th cen­tury and mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the fu­ture devel­op­ment of Chi­nese medic­i­nal phar­ma­col­ogy.

This book was adapted from the first sea­son of the doc­u­men­tary The Tale of Chi­nese Medicine, a new and mov­ing work il­lu­mi­nat­ing mys­te­ri­ous Chi­nese med­i­cal cul­ture. The doc­u­men­tary was first aired on May 20, 2016. Sup­ported by the Public­ity Depart­ment of the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of China, the film was pro­duced un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Chi­nese Pop­u­la­tion Cul­ture Pro­mo­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and un­der the pro­fes­sional guid­ance of the Gen­eral Of­fice of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine. It has won nu­mer­ous awards in­clud­ing Spe­cial Men­tion in An­thro­po­log­i­cal Con­cern Doc­u­men­tary Cat­e­gory at the 2016 In­ter­na­tional Gold Panda Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val and Best Chi­nese Series Award at the 2017 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. It has be­come a torch­bearer for tra­di­tional Chi­nese med­i­cal cul­ture.

The book, The Tale of Chi­nese Medicine, fully nar­rates the orig­i­nal doc­u­men­tary. Mak­ing Chi­nese med­i­cal providers the soul, it leads read­ers deep into the mys­te­ri­ous world of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine. While ex­plor­ing au­then­tic Chi­nese medicine, record­ing herbal pro­cess­ing skills and in­tro­duc­ing medic­i­nal prin­ci­ples, it ex­pounds the pro­found cul­ture be­hind tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine. A new chap­ter not in the orig­i­nal doc­u­men­tary was added, which records the most of­ten ap­plied medic­i­nal ma­te­ri­als in an­cient China ac­cord­ing to an­cient Chi­nese books, po­etry, and anec­dotes. The chap­ter also in­cludes in-depth in­ter­pre­ta­tion of herbal medicine, diet pre­scrip­tions and daily health­care con­tent to fill the

book with more valu­able knowl­edge for prac­ti­cal use.

Nearly 800 beau­ti­ful pic­tures were care­fully se­lected for this book, in­clud­ing many in color from the an­cient tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine book Graph­ic­sof Medic­i­nalmin­er­als,

In­sects and­plants by Ming Dy­nasty painter Wen Chu. Its il­lus­tra­tions in­clude graph­ics of herb gath­er­ing, im­ages of medic­i­nal herbs and an elaborate medicine map that vi­su­al­izes the mul­ti­ple realms and dis­tri­bu­tion ar­eas of medic­i­nal plants. Through this book, read­ers can get to know the pro­found cul­ture of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine and soak in the bril­liance of time­less Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion.

Cui Chang’an, an ex­pe­ri­enced gin­seng hunter in the Chang­bai Moun­tains, care­fully digs for gin­seng with a stick made of deer bone. The root hair of the gin­seng is of­ten in­ter­twined with the roots of nearby plants in the ground, mak­ing it a tough job to...

Wild gin­seng, a rare herb from the Chang­bai Moun­tains in north­east­ern China. Ac­cord­ing to tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine, gin­seng helps re­in­force vi­tal en­ergy.

The re­tired head of Zhe­jiang Tonglu Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Com­pany makes red yeast. Red yeast is a medicine made from fer­mented red yeast rice. It can pro­duce lo­vas­tatin, used to lower choles­terol.

Yu Botang and his stu­dent Cheng Dong make herbal paste at Huichuntang, a time-hon­ored Chi­nese phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang Province. Herbal paste is a tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine rich in nutri­tion and ef­fec­tive in pre­vent­ing ill­ness.

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