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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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The Birth of Chinese Medicine

The Birth of Chinese Medicine

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14 The Birth of Chinese Medicine
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What Is Medicine?
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Paul U. Unschuld

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0014

This chapter sheds light on a completely innovative etiology (theory of the causation of illness) that is described in the writings of the Yellow Thearch. Demons and spirits are not considered at all and the focus is on environmental factors as the trigger of disease. Some of these triggers include warmth, dryness, fire, heat, wind, cold, and dampness, which are not the cause of disease. Emotions are the source of illness. Passionate expressions of emotion weaken the organism, opening it to intruders from the environment. Cold, heat, wind, and dampness cannot harm the organism when basically normal behavior is practiced. This new medicine looked at dietary strategies for prevention and therapy. The focus was on two procedures. One of these was bloodletting and another was the pinprick. Bloodletting was an ancient therapeutic technique for removing quite a few of the invaders splashing about in the blood in the organism's vessels. A milder form of therapy increasingly emerged was needle treatment.

Keywords:   needle treatment, bloodletting, Yellow Thearch, emotions, trigger of disease, new medicine, therapeutic technique

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