On Hua Tuo's Position in the History of Chinese Medicine

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-320
Journal / PublicationAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


Famed for his surgical expertise, Hua Tuo of the Eastern Han dynasty also excelled in a range of other medical treatments. It is rarely noted that Hua treated patients with a combination of drugs and acupuncture therapy and acquired an expert knowledge of pharmaceutics. The purpose of this article is to explore the rarely studied achievements of Hua Tuo in pharmaceutics, and further discuss the status of Hua in the history of Chinese medicine. The article points out that Hua Tuo inherited the medical achievements of past generations and strongly influenced the development of medicine during the Wei Jin and Southern and Northern Dynasties.

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  • Hua Tuo, Materia medica, Tao Hongjing, Wu Pu