History and Tradition of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Monday, March 18, 2024

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as a treasure of Chinese culture, boasts a long history and profound tradition. In this blog post, we will delve into the historical origins of TCM and understand its evolution and inheritance process.

Ancient Origins

The history of TCM can be traced back to ancient China thousands of years ago. As early as the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, people began documenting the use of herbal remedies and medical experiences. The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon is considered a classic work of TCM, systematically summarizing the theories and practical experiences of ancient 古代 (gǔ dài) medicine, laying the foundation for TCM.

古代 (gǔ dài), adj, ancient


  1. The Great Wall is an ancient structure in China. 
    Zhōngguó de chángchéng shì yī zuò gǔdài jiànzhù.
  2. Ancient civilizations left behind many remarkable artifacts. 
    Gǔdài wénmíng liú xià le xǔduō lìng rén jīng tàn de wénwù.

Formation of Medical Schools

Over time, TCM gradually formed diverse medical schools. From the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon, Treatise on Cold Damage, to Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber, various medical classics emerged, and different medical schools proposed their unique medical theories 理论 (lǐ lùn) and treatment methods. The theories of febrile diseases by Zhang Zhongjing and the theory of viscera and bowels by Wang Shuhe enriched the theoretical system of TCM.

理论 (lǐ lùn), noun, theories


  1. These theories have been widely discussed in academic circles. 
    Zhèxiē lǐlùn zài xuéshù jiè guǎngfàn tǎolùn.
  2. Every person has their own theories.
    Měi gè rén yǒu zìjǐ de lǐlùn.

Cultural Exchange and Spread

With the opening of the Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road, TCM began to spread worldwide. Chinese medical classics were translated into various languages, influencing medical development in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and other regions. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other TCM therapies were accepted and applied worldwide, making significant contributions to the health of humanity.

Key Sentences:

  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history.
    Zhōngyī lìshǐ yōujiǔ.
  2. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory is very valuable.
    Zhōngyī lǐlùn hěn yǒu jiàzhí.
  3. I am studying the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
    Wǒ zài yánjiū zhōngyī de lìshǐ.

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