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Huangfu Mi: Ancestor of Acupuncture

Source: Science and Technology Daily | 2022-03-17 11:39:27 | Author: BI Weizi


Huangfu Mi. (PHOTO:VCG)

By BI Weizi

Huangfu Mi (215-282) was a Chinese physician, writer and historian during the Western Jin Dynasty of the Three Kingdoms. He occupies a high academic position in the history of acupuncture, which is an important invention of the Chinese nation.

As early as 2,000 years ago, the basic theories of acupuncture and moxibustion had already been established.

However, the earliest acupuncture books contained many errors, especially the locations and names of acupuncture points, which were not unified.

Built on earlier medical literature, Huangfu compiled The Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in 256-260, which is the earliest systemized book on acupuncture and moxibustion.

The 12 volume book stands as a monument in the field of Chinese medicine, for its scientific categorization of acupuncture points based on many classical medical works such as Huangdi Neijing, Su Wen, and Zhen Jing. It includes a total of 349 acupuncture point names, 189 more than Huangdi Neijing.

The book laid a solid theoretical foundation for the discipline of acupuncture and moxibustion, accelerating the development of acupuncture and moxibustion in leaps and bounds. Thus, Huangfu was hailed as the ancestor of acupuncture and moxibustion in Chinese medicine.

For more than 1,700 years, Huangfu's book has provided acupuncturists with concrete guidance and theoretical basis for clinical treatment. It also spread worldwide and was valued by various countries, especially Japan and Korea.

Editor: 毕炜梓

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