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September 23, 1988

Microcirculation and Traditional Chinese Medicine

JAMA. 1988;260(12):1755-1757. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410120101035

THROUGHOUT their long history, the Chinese people have had a rich culture. Their ancient achievements are known to everyone. Porcelain, paper, and natural silk all originated in China and were spread throughout the world. However, China's enduring contributions to civilization are not limited to astronomy, printing, or other inventions. A wealth of experience in the art of healing, accumulated over thousands of years, has enabled China to achieve notable results in this field as well. And recently these results have become increasingly recognized by the rest of the world. In this article I would like to show that traditional Chinese medicine has been, in its own way, incidentally related to the microcirculation.

The development of Chinese medicine into what it is today has been a long process. More than 600 000 years ago, Peking Man knew how to use fire to stay warm and to ward off wild animals so