Chinese Medicine History
Ch'ao Yuan-fang [Chao Yuanfang; 550-630 A.D.]
Chao Yuanfang; of the Sui dynasty 550-630 A.D.- Chao was a physician to the Emperor. In 609 A.D. an important officer Ma Shumou contracted a wind damp illness. He consulted Chao Yuanfang and was told: "Wind entered your waist, the illness is in your chest, you must eat tender lamb meat with medicine, and you will be fine". Miraculously so, the old illness of wind damp was quickly recovered. In 610 A.D. Chao Yuanfang was in charge of compiling the Zhubing Yuanhou Zonglun (General Treatise on the Etiology an Symptoms of Diseases) which was valued for centuries afterward as a means of categorizing and describing diseases. His work contained 50 scrolls.
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