Medicine and healing have always played a central role in human civilization. Before the birth of synthesis of medicine in 19th century, virtually all civilizations in the world of herbs and plants used to treat disease.
With the development of modern science, technology and medicine, old traditional medicines have disappeared from history, and some have changed by the absorption of the teaching of modern scientific medicine. However, some traditional medicines remain faithful to their principles and continue to display their unique character today. Traditional Chinese medicine is one such culture.
TCM has three distinct aspects: traditional Chinese medicine, medicine and national folk medicine. National medicine refers to traditional Chinese medicine of ethnic minority groups. As a united, multi-national country, the Chinese nation is composed of Han and ethnic minorities 55. These minorities have accumulated a rich pool of medical knowledge and practical experience accumulated over many centuries. Traditional medicine is a key element in the rich tapestry that is ethnic Chinese culture.
Medicine is a basic necessity of human civilization. The man, from the beginning, are engaged in a constant struggle with nature and the diseases and infections that have caused so many deaths in humans. The desire of humanity to survive is one of the main factors in the development of medical knowledge.
Medicine is associated with the life that lead different people. Ethnic medicine is a manifestation of the collective wisdom of a people: the result of experience gained from the long struggle of the Chinese minorities with disease and death. It is deeply rooted in cultural, religious and social life of some ethnic groups.
Ethnic medicine also has a very localized. The development and
the development of drugs vary from one people to another, from one civilization to another, the differences can be more clearly in the fields of medical techniques, methods and prescribed medicines. It is only natural because the different ethnic groups different natural environments, modes of production, living conditions and diseases, not to mention the influence of philosophy and religion.